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Crew #409
Fred A. McConnell Crew
466th BG - 784th BS

Standing Left to Right: Phillip Kreager (G), William F. Johnson (WG), Mevin D. Dyson (TG), Carl Lewis (WG), Elmer C. Vires (R/O), Harold K. Hardy (FE)

Sitting Left to Right: Fred A. McConnell (P), Clyde S. Shrum (CP), Joseph R. Vance (N), George F. Soniak (B), John H. Ennis (PN), Monroe J. Behrens (RN)

This crew completed a 30 combat mission tour. Many as a lead crew (note the additions of a Pilotage Navigator and Radar Navigator in the crew photo)



  • 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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron


  • Monroe Behrens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar (H2X) Navigator

  • Melvin Dyson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner

  • John Ennis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier & Pilotage Navigator
    Original member of the 466th BG/786th BS Was bombardier on the Russell J. Willer Crew - Crew #604 Trained as a Pilotage Navigator and flew in the role with the Fred A. McConnell Crew - Crew #409

  • Harold Hardy

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer
    30 missions, never wounded DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct, Army USAAF/European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign w/4 Oak Leaf Cluster, American Campaign Medal, Victory World War II Medal

  • William Johnson

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

  • Phillip Kreager

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • Carl Lewis

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

  • Fred McConnell

    Military | Captain | Pilot

  • Clyde Shrum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot

  • George Soniak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

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  • 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
02 December 2014 00:13:45 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom