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Crew #453
Birto Brumby Crew
466th BG - 784th BS
458th BG - 755th BS
B-24J-1-FO 42-50555 "Baby Shoes" Code: J3-G 458th BG - 755th BS

Standing Left to Right: Donald Fraser (B), Edwin Wilcox (CP), Julius Sabo (RN), Birto Brumby (P), Harold Simeone (PN), Elmo Geppelt (N)

Kneeling Left to Right: Doyle Matz (FE), Robert Larimer (R/O), Wells Gardner (WG), Stanley Hammell (TG), George Strickland (TTG), Robert Voss (WG)

This crew flew 3 missions with 466th BG in the middle of their tour, while undergoing lead crew training. The balance of their 30 combat missions was flown with the 458th BG to which they were originally assigned



  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb 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...

  • 755th Bomb Squadron
  • 784th Bomb Squadron


  • Birto Brumby

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Wells Gardner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Served 16 months in World War I. Was a glider pilot befor he became a gunner. Flew 26 missions over Germany. Was twice reported Killed in Action (KIA) while flying against Japan. At age 46, was the oldest air gunner on combat duty with the 458th BG. ...

  • Elmo Geppelt

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator - Assistant Squadron Navigator
    DFC; Air Medal w 5/Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Stanley Hammell

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • Robert Larimer

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • Doyle Matz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer

  • Edwin Wilcox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to B24 crew of Last Card Louie. Completed 25 missions. In England, flew F-9C, a modified B17 for photo mapping. Transferrred to Foggia, Italy after V-E day. . Flew photo mapping plane there with a recon group till September 1945,. ...



  • 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...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Date Contributor Update
28 September 2015 01:19:36 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
21 September 2015 18:27:26 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations