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James S Fennell


Completed 32 combat missions.



  • Albert Helsley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Preferred to fly the Ford built B-24's. Good friends with Lt. Robert Harrington who's room was across the hall and Lt. Robert Greenwood who took over Harrington's crew when he (Harrington) was shot down flying with a make up crew.

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Washington, PA, USA 24 November 1924
Graduated Penn State University, University Park, State College, PA 16801, USA 1950

Penn State University

Died Butler, PA, USA 22 March 2012

James Samuel Fennell, 87, of Butler, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Butler VA Medical Center. He was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Washington Township, near Vandergrift, to the late W. J. Bryan Fennell and Ruth Gilchrist Fennell. During World War II, Mr. Fennell served in the Army Air Corps. As radio operator on a B-24, with the 8th Air Force 466th Bomber Group, based in England, he flew a full 32 missions over Europe. Mr. Fennell met Paulina Takach, of Leechburg, on a New Year's Eve blind date and they married June 26, 1948. Together, they raised six children, James, Kathleen (deceased), John, Richard, Marcia and Sandra. A 1950 graduate of Penn State University, Mr. Fennell worked as an agricultural sales representative and sales manager for Eastern States Cooperative, later Agway, before finishing his work life as a security guard for Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Mr. Fennell loved the outdoors: planting a yearly vegetable garden, hunting, camping, taking long walks and golfing. As a salesman, he enjoyed learning and traveling the backroads of Western Pa. and meeting with local farmers. Mr. Fennell loved following the news and avidly read the Butler Eagle and Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Mr. Fennell was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, the American Legion, and the Western Pa. Wing of the 8th Air Force Historical Society. Surviving are his wife, Paulina T. Fennell; five children, James S. (Jeanne) Fennell Jr., of Beaumont, Texas, John A. Fennell, of Butler, Richard B. (Nancy) Fennell, of Birmingham, Ala., Marcia (John D.) Kostic, of Pittsburgh, and Sandra (Shawn) Dryer, of Baden; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; his sister, Edwina Pearce; and brother Richard L. Fennell.

Buried Butler, PA, USA 25 March 2012

Saint Peters Cemetery
Butler County
Pennsylvania, USA


Date Contributor Update
12 September 2015 02:11:33 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:54 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p345