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The Falcon B-24 crash landed on Black Moor Road in Shipdham on 8 January 1945 after suffering damage from flack and Luftwaffe fighters on a bombing mission to Wittlich in the Rhineland.



  • 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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • Gordon Cuneo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Navigator on Crew #552 - Harry Taylor Crew. Was aboard when they crash landed B-24H-25-FO #42-95248 "The Falcon" at Shipdham 8 January 1945 ...

  • Vernal Dupas


  • William Eastman

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

  • Arden Mills

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Completed 25 missions before being seriously wounded

  • Harry Siders

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

  • Harry Taylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Byron Wertz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
    T/Sgt Byron L. Wertz served with the 785th Bombardment Squadron of the 466th Heavy Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force, and was stationed at Attlebridge Airfield near Norfolk England. He was Flight Engineer and Turret Gunner on a B-24 Liberator known as ...



  • 787

    8 January 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...

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


Date Contributor Update
18 January 2016 18:59:49 brucewertz Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Information provided by Bruce B. Wertz, son of Byron L. Wertz