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Niles W Hartung




  • Nelson Anderson

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

  • Richard Gates

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Harold Kren

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    5 August 1944 - 7 January 1955: 5 August Brunswick, Germany; 6 August Hamburg, Germany; 8 August Clastres, France; 11 August Strasbourg, Germany; 15 August Vechta Airfield, Germany; 25 August Lubeck, Germany; 27 August Oranienburg, Germany; 5 September...

  • William Pollock

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

  • Abraham Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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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


  • 42-95067 Troublemaker

    B-24 Liberator
    This B-24 was stationed in Attlebridge and was named and flown by the Robert Harrington crew from June-August 1944. After Harrington was shot down in another aircraft, RC Greenwood piloted this B-24. It flew close to 100 missions in Europe.

  • 42-95255 Lady

    B-24 Liberator


  • 344

    8 May 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 530

    8 August 1944

  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 605

    5 September 1944

  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 614

    9 September 1944
    A burst of flak put a big hole in the nose throwing glass in Antonacci's eyes. Other hits were in the wing and tail. One went through the waist and exploded an oxygen bottle.

  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

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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 Levering, MI 49755, USA 5 August 1916
Lived in Petoskey, MI, USA 1942
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 5 August 1944 – 7 January 1945

"Niles was a rangy, country boy sort whose civilian job had been with the telephone company. He had a good down to earth attitude, and as events later proved, was a solid citizen." - Hal Kren

2nd Combat Mission Hamburg, Germany 6 August 1944

Hamburg changed my attitude about the ease of flying combat 100% or 180 degrees, if you care to look at it that way. We had flak. The flak was radar directed; it was extremely accurate. It was heavy. It was everything that you could think of that would make a mission unpleasant. We were not shot full of holes, but we were scared. Here is where the pilot came in. This one of the reasons I developed so much respect for our pilot, Niles Hartung. He had listened to, and he had paid attention to, and he had heeded the advice we had been given about what to do under these circumstances. He was able to maintain formation, and we were flying just off someone's wing, but he was still able to do evasive action sufficiently while still maintaining formation so that we got through this whole mess. He showed that quality many, many, many times over. We survived the mission. - Hal Kren, Bombardier

Died Hebron, MI, USA 13 February 1992

Niles Hartung, 75, of Hebron Township, died Feb.13,1992, at his home.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb.16, at the Nordman Funeral Home in Cheboygan with the Rev. Glen Wegner officiating. Burial will be in Carp Lake Township Cemetery.
Mr. Hartung was born Aug. 5, 1916, in Levering, the son of Edmund and Hazel (Sirgley) Hartung.
He married the former Lillian Dennis on June 28,1940. Mr. Hartung served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, flying more than 70 missions.
He was employed as a Pioneer telephone man with Michigan Bell for more than 42 years He worked as a lineman and later as a forester supervisor.
Mr. Hartung was a member of the VFW of Levering, the Levering Lions Club and was a former member of the Elks Club of Petoskey.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian; two daughters, Mrs. Gene (Nileen) Copeman of Levering and Mrs. Brian (Mary Jane) Berand of Connecticut; one son, Leo Hartung of Reese, Mich.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; two brothers, Maurice Hartung of Alabama; and one sister, Marion Doyle.
The family will receive callers from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb.15, at the Nordman Funeral Home in Cheboygan.

Enlisted Carp Lake, MI, USA 16 February 1992

Carp Lake Township Cemetery
Carp Lake
Emmet County
Michigan, USA


Date Contributor Update
06 March 2020 00:34:31 jdbenard Changes to events

Grandson: Justin Benard

Date Contributor Update
16 March 2019 04:41:56 Marcia466BG Changes to service number

The original HARTUNG Crew was formed on 26 July 1944. The crew consisted of: Niles W. HARTUNG (P): Abraham C. SMITH (CP): Richard F. GATES (N): Harold E. KREN (B): Richard J. KOWALSKI (R/O):Nelson W. ANDERSON (Eng. Gun): Chester F. MEYERS (G): William D. POLLOCK (Armorer/gunner): William Jack KEY (G); Kerwyn H. PARK (G). Perhaps having the names will help identify the unknown individuals in the crew photo.

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2015 01:45:18 466thHistorian Changes to events

letter from Hal Kren - 27 April 2007

Date Contributor Update
19 October 2015 02:26:19 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 June 2015 14:02:16 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:34 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, page 346