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Crew #711
Norman C. Flynn Crew
466th BG - 787th BS

Standing Left to Right: Wade Hull (NG), Lloyd Garrison (N), Norman Flynn (P), Lowell Bruhns (B), Mark Fortune (CP)

Kneeling Left to Right: Howard Greer (TG), Harry Miller (R/O), unindentified person, William Lloyd (WG), Vern Gottschalk (WG)

This crew had a relatively short, but eventful combat tour. A combat tour that lasted 16 days included, on their first mission, having their a/c seriously damaged by a flak burst that possibly detonated a just released bomb. Flynn managed to bring back "Oh Mona" to crash landing at Attlebridge. On 13 April 1944, flying with two fill-in gunners, the Flynn a/c was again seriously damaged by flak over the target forcing Flynn to make for Switzerland, interning the crew.



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  • Lowell Bruhns

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Norman Flynn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    B-24H #42-52343 'Oh Mona' ran off the runway on return from a mission to Biarritz airfield, FR on 27 Mar 1944. RTD. Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-24 #4252567. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Mark Fortune

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-24 #4252567. Landed in Switzerland. Interned. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel

  • Lloyd Garrison

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Verner Gottschalk

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner
    Shot down 13 May 1944 in B-24 #4129391 'Little Lulu. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Gottschalk was originally a member of the Norman Flynn Crew, however he missed the mission on which the Flynn Crew flew their battle damaged B-24 to internment in...

  • Howard Greer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • Wade Hull

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

  • William Lloyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-24 #4252567. Landed in Switzerland. Interned.

  • Harry Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-24 42-52567. Landed in Switzerland. Interned. ATO/ GC/ EAME w/ 2 battle stars


  • 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...

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Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 05:21:01 466thHistorian Changes to caption

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2015 05:16:50 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom