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Bob Harrington describes the attack on his substitute aircraft, "Ramblin' Wreck," on August 15, 1944, following a successful bombing attack on a Luftwaffe airstrip in Vechta, Germany. Interview from 2004.

Connections

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...

People

  • Robert Borst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 Crashed at Gelderingen

  • Robert Harrington

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Bob Harrington piloted the B-24 "Troublemaker" (#42-95067), stationed at Attlebridge in the summer of 1944. After nine missions with Troublemaker, on August 15, 1944 he was called up to fly an unfamiliar aircraft, Ramblin' Wreck (#4128932), with a...

  • Tice Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Top Turret Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932. He had escaped death 3 days before when his regular crew, Crew #744 - Hammond, had been shot down with everyone onboard were KIA. Jones had...

  • William Julian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932

  • James Miller

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 POW

  • Chester Zyb

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932 Last name was originally spelled Zdyb. His parents were Polish immigrants.

Aircraft

  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

Missions

  • 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...

Locations

  • 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...

  • Gelderingen

    Crash site

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 05:41:34 Clark B Changes to person associations
Sources

Excerpt from "Troublemaker - A Pilot's Story of WWII" by Clark Beyer, copyright 2005.

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 05:35:34 Clark B Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Excerpt from "Troublemaker - A Pilot's Story of WWII" by Clark Beyer, copyright 2005.

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