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466TH BOMB GROUP, 786th Sq, Dougherty Crew # 612. While waiting for a delayed mission, crew members were taking it easy when a jeep rolled up and a photographer took this picture. The next day the photo was posted on the main bulletin board with a sign- " Improper Crew Behavior while awaiting a delayed mission!"
Crew members in the Photo: Standing L to Right: Everette M. Cranage (R/O), Charles Patton (RWG) Harry DeBoef (E) On the ground Front Left to Right; Richard Schroeder (LWG) Nick Kuklish (TG), Robert P Boumann (CP), Fred Utter (TT) On Ground Back Left to right: Ray "Buz" Edwards (B) , Jack Dougherty (P), Bill Horney, (N)

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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Baumann

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Everrett Cranage

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

  • Harry Deboef

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer

  • John Dougherty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew the "Dirty Gertie" and completed 32 missions.

  • Ray Edwards

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • William Horney

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    William Horney Jr, "Bill", as he was called by family and friends, grew up in small towns in New Jersey. He graduated from high school in Vineland and then attended college at Rutgers University for a year. He needed to work for a living for a while,...

  • Nick Kuklish

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Completed 32 missions in a near record of 78 day during June, July and August of 1944

  • Charles Patton

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

  • Fred Utter

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner

Aircraft

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
25 April 2016 03:46:41 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 November 2014 02:49:26 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 18:18:13 bcurtis419 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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Crew flew 32 missions with no casualties. All but one crew member gathered for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Historical Society reunion in 1980. As of November, 2014, Nick Kuklish who was tail gunner and Jerre Williams, a ground crew member were still living. A video interview at a reunion in Salt Lake City with Pilot Jack Dougherty, Tail Gunner Nick Kuklish and Navigator, Bill Horney is posted on Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zal_-ZkNqo
and
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgoejeht39k

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