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Combat Crew 612- 786th Squadron- 466th Bomb Group-96th Wing- 8th Air Force - Attlebridge, England
Aircraft: B-24 H 15 CF # 4129366 "Dirty Gertie"
Top Row Left to Right: Everette M. Cranage (R/O), Nick Kuklish (TG), Richard Schroeder (LWG),
Charles Patton (RWG), Fred Utter (TT), Harry DeBoef (E)
Kneeling Left to Right: Robert P Bauman (CP,) William Horney (N), Ray “Buzz” Edwards (B), Jack Dougherty (P)



  • 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 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

  • Richard Schroeder

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

  • Fred Utter

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



  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
30 November 2014 00:08:05 466thHistorian Changes to caption

466th BG Archives

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30 November 2014 00:05:09 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations and person associations

466th BG Historian

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12 November 2014 02:46:00 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations and person associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 18:18:14 bcurtis419 Created entry with caption, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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: