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B-24 Liberator

Service

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • John Archer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • Thomas Bell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • John Capps

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449 POW

  • Milton Carpenter

    Military | Master Sergeant (1st Grade) | Armament Specialist | 466th Bomb Group
    In addition to his armament duties, Milton Carpenter played guitar in the 466th BG band, "The Flying Deck."

  • Harry Clark (Dolph)

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • Thomas Czapko

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    One of the original cadre of pilots for the 466th BG Led his crew to a successful completion of a 30 mission tour.

  • Charles Gibson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    After the war Charlie married Antonetta Antonacci. He and Antonetta enjoyed traveling to Europe and across the USA as well as skiing in Vermont while visiting their second home, a Chalet, which Charlie built himself. Charlie was employed as a research...

  • Robert Lehman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Bombardier, Enlisted, Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen in B-24 True Love #4129449

  • William Leslie

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Leslie appears to have been a non-flying ordnance officer attached to the 1452nd Ordnance Company. As the Archer Crew did not have a bombardier on this mission as he had been transferred to the 784th BS to become a lead bombardier. Leslie was aboard...

  • William Lowen

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Zui Dveen on 8/15/44 in B-24 True Love #4129449 POW

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

Places

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Meppel, The Netherlands 15 August 1944

Shot down by Me109's over Holland. John S. Archer Crew - Crew #637
5 KIA - 4 POW - 1 Evadee
They were on their 20th mission.
The evadee, Harry Clark published a book about his exploits titled "The Evader" under the name Harry Dolph

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2014 04:12:03 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8429 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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