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Thomas Joseph Czapko


One of the original cadre of pilots for the 466th BG
Led his crew to a successful completion of a 30 mission tour.



  • Kenneth Addison

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

  • Harry Bean

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 32 mssions

  • Vincent Bossley

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

  • Charles Gibson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    After the war Charlie married Antonetta Antonacci. He and Antonetta enjoyed traveling to Europe and across the USA as well as skiing in Vermont while visiting their second home, a Chalet, which Charlie built himself. Charlie was employed as a research...

  • Henry Grady

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

  • Stuart Gray

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

  • Grant Patten

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Completed a 30 combat mission tour flying as Navigator on Crew #602 - Thomas Czapko Crew One of the original crews of the 466th BG

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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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron



  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 344

    8 May 1944

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 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18 February 1918
Lived in Detroit, MI, USA 1942

18755 Shaftesbury Road

Based Attlebridge 22 March 1944 – 8 July 1944

Completed a 30 mission tour

Seperated from USAAF Service Mitchell Field, Nassau, New York 25 February 1946
Pilot for Seaboard & Western Airlines Idylwild (JFK) Airport, New York 1947

Flew Trans-Atlantic routes in DC-4's

Lived in Miami, Florida 1950


Date Contributor Update
10 April 2020 17:25:50 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2017 02:18:34 466thHistorian Changes to service number

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2017 18:54:34 466thHistorian Changes to place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Archives - 786th BS Official Daily Log

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2014 21:45:44 466thHistorian Changes to biography and events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
23 December 2014 21:44:04 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events and unit associations

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:58 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 345