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John J. Horan

Military

Service

People

  • James Clohessy

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Fyock

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Lynch

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Raymond McCoy

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Rittercamp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harold Tomlinson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

Missions

  • 863

    4 March 1945

  • 894

    18 March 1945

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wisconsin, USA 7 November 1922
Lived in Chicago, IL, USA 1942

3238 W. Cullom Avenue

466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 23 December 1944 – 16 April 1945
Departed Operation Home Run Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 9 June 1945

"So it was going to be old "What's Cookin Doc." After the initial disappointment wore off, we realized that we were not that bad off. "Doc" was a fine old airplane and had good flight characteristics. The next day we went down to the flight line and met Bob Raley, the ground crew chief. We volunteered our services to do whatever he needed us to do to get the aircraft ready for the long flight back to the states. Everybody went to work. Our guys scrubbed the plane from one end to theother. We were shooting for a target departure date of 1 June 1945. It was decided that we wouldn't need the big slabs of additional armor on either side of the cockpit for the trip home. They were removed, which left us a blank space under the window, which our guys decided to do something about. We happened to have a former sign painter on the crew and he found some paint and went to work. On the co-pilot's side he painted on all the air crew and ground crew names. On the pilot's side he painted the mission "scoreboard," Since we couldn't get an accurate count of missions flown by the aircraft (it was rumored to have been transferred from another group), we decided to paint a generous amount. When the painter was finished there were 117 bomb markers painted on the aircraft. (Historical note: There isn't a record of this a/c being transferred from another group, however 117 missions was probably not far off the mark. "What's Cookin' Doc" had been with the 466th BG since June 1944 and over that span the group had flown 180 combat missions. It's reasonable to expect that "Doc" flew at least 117 of those.) The 1 June date was changed to 9 June 1945. The journey home consisted of four flights. The first landed at Valley, Wales where we spent the night. The next night was spent at Meeks Field in Iceland. The third night we stayed in Goose Bay, Labrador. After getting weathered in for a 2nd night at Goose Bay, we finally made it to Bradley AAF, CT on 13 June 1945.

Later on at Sioux Falls, SD when we were waiting with some other 466th'ers for our next assignment, a pilot from Detroit handed me a newspaper clipping. The Ford Motor Company had gathered over 400 "war weary" bombers at Willow Run, MI for public viewing. The a/c in the clipping was none other than our "What's Cookin' Doc!" - John J. Horan

Arrived in ZOI Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 13 June 1945
Died Wauconda, IL, USA 8 June 2015

John J. Horan, 92, a resident of Ingleside since 1982, at rest Monday, June 8, 2015. He was a WWII heavy bomber pilot in the Mighty Eighth Air Force, serving in the 466th bomb group, based in Attlebridge England, and flew many B-24 combat missions over Germany and the rest of Europe. Cherished husband of the late Irene (nee Swiatecki); beloved brother-in-law of Elsie Swiatecki; loving uncle of Susan (Michael) Pitt; dear great uncle of Kim (Eric) Best, Mike (Ashley) Pitt, and Chris (Courtney) Pitt; fond great great uncle of Grayson and Bronwyn Pitt

Buried Ingleside, IL 60041, USA 11 June 2015

Grant Cemetery
Ingleside
Lake County
Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 00:06:05 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations and aircraft associations
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal:" - Page 135-136

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2014 04:50:34 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Officers of Attlebridge booklet - 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 14:55:52 466thHistorian Changes to middlename
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 14:55:21 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, role and aircraft associations
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466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:27 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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, page 346

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