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Crew #680
Thomas M. Dilworth Crew
B-24J-150-CO #44-40173 "Our Baby"

Standing Left to Right: Gerald Cardon (CP), Walter H. Ortel (N), Thomas M. Dilworth (P), Eugene V. Nichols (G)

Kneeling Left to Right: John E. Kerr (G), Bernie E. Miller (G), Jay E. Pittsley (R/O), Gear G. Ellison (G)

Dilworth got on the wrong side of Colonel Jacobowitz when on a training flight in a driving snow storm he crash landed a brand new B-24. As a result he was "demoted" to co-pilot for 6 missions and assigned to the Paul Evans Crew. Evans co-pilot, David Cahill flew as Pilot with Dilworth's crew. After 6 missions in Jake's "purgatory", Dilworth got his crew back.



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    466th Bomb Group

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  • Thomas Dilworth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot/Co-Pilot

  • Gear Eliason

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner

  • Gerald Kardon

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • John Kerr

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner

  • Bernie Miller

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Gunner

  • Eugene Nichols

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner

  • Walter Ortel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Jay Pittsley

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


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    B-24 Liberator
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    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
13 November 2014 02:29:52 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

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