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Robert W Harrington

Military

Bob Harrington piloted the B-24 "Troublemaker" (#42-95067), stationed at Attlebridge in the summer of 1944. After nine missions with Troublemaker, on August 15, 1944 he was called up to fly an unfamiliar aircraft, Ramblin' Wreck (#4128932), with a crew he did not know. They successfully bombed a Luftwaffe airbase at Vechta, but on the way home were shot down by Me-109 fighters and crashed at Gelderingen, Netherlands. Most of the crew managed to bail out and were captured as POWs; he and Bob Borst successfully evaded. Harrington was sheltered by various Dutch families in Steenwyck until the town was liberated in April 1945. He returned to the US, married Betty Elscott, became a building engineering consultant, and lived a long life in San Francisco, California, passing away in October 2009 at age 89.

Service

People

  • Robert Borst

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Evaded (EVD) Shot down on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932 Crashed at Gelderingen

  • Fred Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    26 Missions AM

  • Lloyd Ennis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Frank Grimes

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    AM/ ETO

  • Roy Johnson

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

  • Tice Jones

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932. He had escaped death 3 days before when his regular crew, Crew #744 - Hammond, had been shot down with everyone onboard were KIA. Jones had...

  • William Julian

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen in B-24 Ramblin Wreck #4128932

  • Lloyd Kelley

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932 POW

  • Herbert Leopold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zal_-ZkNqo

  • William Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Togglier/Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 Ramblin' Wreck #4128932 POW

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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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

  • 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.

Missions

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 1944

  • 507

    31 July 1944
    Flak knocked out #2 engine, the interphone system, the VHF plus other damages. We got back to the base before the formation.

  • 508

    1 August 1944

  • 515

    4 August 1944

  • 518

    4 August 1944

  • 527

    7 August 1944
    STRATEGIC OPERATIONS (Eighth Air Force): 4 missions are flown: ...

  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 548

    13 August 1944
    We led the entire Division in a tactical mission. The target: Roads to Paris. Colonel McKnight flew Pilot; Lt Houser was Co-Pilot. Results of bombing A1.

  • 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...

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...

  • Gelderingen

    Crash site

Events

Event Location Date
Born Newton, IA 50208, USA 17 November 1920
Enlisted Des Moines, IA, USA 6 July 1942
Shot Down Gelderingen, Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands 15 August 1944
Evaded Steenwijk, Netherlands 15 August 1944 – 17 April 1945
Died San Francisco, CA, USA 9 October 2009

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 May 2017 11:13:29 Clark B Changes to biography
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C Beyer

Date Contributor Update
21 May 2017 05:36:33 Clark B Changes to media associations
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Clark Beyer

Date Contributor Update
20 May 2017 14:45:03 Clark B Changes to aircraft associations
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Clark Beyer

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 09:07:04 Clark B Changes to biography
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C Beyer (nephew)

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 09:02:23 Clark B Changes to media associations
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C Beyer

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 08:57:41 Clark B Changes to media associations
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C Beyer

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2017 05:35:58 Clark B Changes to biography
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as told to C Beyer by R Harrington (uncle)

Date Contributor Update
06 October 2015 00:09:16 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2015 02:05:40 466thHistorian Changes to events and place associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:16 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self, 8th AF News, September 1999, MACR 8430, nephew Oct. 2010

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