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Crew #551
Seward M. Meinstma Crew

Standing Left to Right: Jack Veach (R/O), George Wood (BTG), William Osborne (NG), John O'Donnell (FE), Howard Wade (TG), Sherell Campbell (G)

Kneeling Left to Right: Seward Meinstma (P), Donald Vanderwall (CP), Eugene Gjertsen (N), Harvey Levine (B)

This crew completed a 35 mission tour. Gjertsen transferred to the Welsh Crew of the 784th BS at some point during the tour. Also Daniel Chadbourne replaced O'Donnell as Flight Engineer during the tour.

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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Sherell Campbell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner
    July 1944 to March 1945. Plane 'Slick Chick. ' Mission list attached to database form. AM w/ Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO

  • Daniel Chadbourne

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    Flew on the Slick Chick Crew 551

  • Eugene Gjertsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Radar Navigator
    Flew about 15 missions with original crew, then transferred to 784th BS. Flew on B-24 #4251240 (on overseas movement trip from U.S. This a/c was surrendered at Valley Wales. This a/c was eventually assigned to the 392nd BG) ...

  • Harvey Levine

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    35 missions over Germany. AM w/ 5 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Seward Meintsma

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Completed a 35 mission tour 25 August 1944 - 16 February 1945

  • John O'Donnell

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner
    Flew on B-24 #4251240.

  • Donald Vanderwall

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Flew 35 missions over Germany. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jack Veach

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner
    Flew on B-24 #4251240.

  • Howard Wade

    Military | Corporal | Gunner
    Flew on B-24 #4251240.

  • George Wood

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 36

    16 February 1943
    The port area and U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are designated as the primary target of this mission of 71 B-17s and 18 B-24s. B-17s are from 91BG (18); 303BG (15); 305BG (18); 306BG (20) of these 59 are effective on the target and 6 are lost....

  • 568

    24 August 1944

  • 576

    26 August 1944

  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 662

    3 October 1944

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 685

    22 October 1944

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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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 23:19:37 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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