Crew #715 & #443
John C. Woolnough Crew
466th BG - 787th BS & 784th BS
This crew completed a 30 mission tour including the last seven as a lead crew flying with the 784th BS.
Standing Left to Right: Alvin Gerik (N), James Christiansen (784th BS Communications Officer), John H. Woolnough (P), Vincent L. Reed (CP), Donald Neish (NG).
Kneeling Left to Right: Max Dudley (FE), Arthur P. Childs (TG), Frank Columbini (G), Gilbert C. Cox (R/O), Frank A. Kowalski (G)
Missing from photo: Lawrence T. Bortness (B) - this photo was taken immediately after arriving from the U.S. Christiansen had displaced Bortness on the flight over.
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...
Military | Colonel | Bombardier
Retired from the USAF as a Colonel after serving in WW 2, Korean War and Vietnam. Was bombardier (B-24J), Nav Radar/NAV N-52, flight engineer B-29, NAV B-36, performance engineer B-52, OPS/Plans officer, Base Commander, Wing Commander, 8th Air Force....
Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner
Flew 30 missions with pilot John Woolnough.
Military | Captain | Communications Officer / Radar Maintenance Officer
Officers of Attlebridge booklet - 1944
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot
After Vincent Reed completed B-24 transition in the Fall of 1943, he went to Salt Lake City to pick up his crew. Fully qualified to be an aircraft commander, Vince was eager to go. To his dismay, upon arrival at SLC, he found there were too many B-24...
The B-24H “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammuniton Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board.
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...