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Kenneth E Blackburn

Military

Kenneth E Blackburn was the co-pilot of a B-24 called “What's Cookin Doc” and the crew flew almost all of the missions with this B-24 out of Attlebridge with the 466th Bomb Group.

The history for this flight crew did have some exciting moments but they all survived, with only Kenneth Blackburn becoming a prisoner of war along with one other man in an incident that occurred on the 17th mission going into Germany on the 18th of July 1944. They were climbing up to a higher altitude when the wings started to ice up, as a consequence the plane went into a dive and it took both Kenneth and the captain Roy Hurst to pull it out. The navigator Arnold Reberg recalled that it was a real scramble for the bombardier (William Foreman) and himself, because Foreman did not bring his parachute and tail gunner Alexander Nobel said everything was all over the place. Soon the aircraft levelled out, but the bombs were dangling in the racks. At that time Kenneth Blackburn and another man went to check it out. Kenneth was off oxygen and did not realize they were still above 20,000ft when the plane went into a second dive while Kenneth was back with the bombs, so out went the bombs and Kenneth too!

The plane came home minus the bombs and two men. Luckily Kenneth was wearing a parachute and was captured spending the remainder of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft One.

Service

People

  • Roy Hurst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Arnold Reberg

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 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

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
Lived in Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1942

46 Overlook Drive

Bailed Out/Captured Germany 18 July 1944

The history for this flight crew did have some exciting moments but they all survived, with only Kenneth Blackburn becoming a prisoner of war along with one other man in an incident that occurred on the 17th mission going into Germany on the 18th of July 1944. They were climbing up to a higher altitude when the wings started to ice up, as a consequence the plane went into a dive and it took both Kenneth and the captain Roy Hurst to pull it out. The navigator Arnold Reberg recalled that it was a real scramble for the bombardier (William Foreman) and himself, because Foreman did not bring his parachute and tail gunner Alexander Nobel said everything was all over the place. Soon the aircraft levelled out, but the bombs were dangling in the racks. At that time Kenneth Blackburn and another man went to check it out. Kenneth was off oxygen and did not realize they were still above 20,000ft when the plane went into a second dive while Kenneth was back with the bombs, so out went the bombs and Kenneth too!

The plane came home minus the bombs and two men. Luckily Kenneth was wearing a parachute and was captured spending the remainder of the war as a POW in Stalag Luft One.

POW Barth, Germany 21 July 1944 – May 1945

Stalag Luft I

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2016 23:38:04 Justyn Keeble Changes to highest rank and person associations
Sources

Information supplied by Kenneth Blackburn Jr

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 00:37:26 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 22:16:52 Justyn Keeble Changes to service number
Sources

Serial number obtained from World War II Prisoners of War Data File, 12/7/1941 - 11/19/1946, The National Archives (USA) Access to Archival Databases.

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 22:12:09 Justyn Keeble Changes to biography
Sources

Story relayed by Kenneth W Blackburn, son of Kenneth E Blackburn.

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2016 22:09:51 Justyn Keeble Changes to biography
Sources

Story relayed by the son of Kenneth E Blackburn.

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 23:58:15 Justyn Keeble Changes to aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Information from Ken Blackburn Jr (Son)

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2016 23:55:41 Justyn Keeble Changes to media associations
Sources

Information from Ken Blackburn Jr (Son)

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:51 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8117 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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