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Thomas M Dilworth




  • Gear Eliason

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

  • Michael Garvey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radar Countermeasures Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Gerald Kardon

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

  • John Kerr

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Eugene Nichols

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Walter Ortel

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jay Pittsley

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-10558 Ma's Lil' Angel

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 44-10558 was given to a crew of the 491st Bomb Group. Assuming it would become their regular aircraft, the right waist gunner, David Redfern painted the aircraft (with the support of the crew) with the nose art of 'Ma's 'Lil' Angel'. ...

  • 44-50561

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40874

    B-24 Liberator

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 Detroit, Michigan 7 April 1917
Lived in Detroit, MI, USA 1942

2340 Tuxedo Avenue

Enlisted Detroit, Michigan 5 October 1942
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge Airfield, UK 5 January 1945 – 25 April 1945
Ground Accident Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 28 January 1945

Taxied 44-10558 "Ma's Little Angel" off the perimeter track.

"I was taxiing at about 10 mph and had just made the turn on the perimeter track just beyond runway 04. It had been snowing off and on all morning and it was absolutely impossible to tell where the paved part of the track ended. I thought I was on the pavement as I was judging by the tracks on the pavement, when suddenly the left wheel dropped into an unmarked soft spot on the edge of the perimeter. The wheel dropped a good 3 feet causing the landing gear to snap off. The prop of #1 engine hit the ground while the left wing tip and nose wheel were also damaged. If that ditch had been properly filled in the plane would have never been damaged." - Lt. Thomas Dilworth, Accident Report dated 5 February 1945

Died Novi, Michigan 18 May 2008


Date Contributor Update
29 January 2019 22:55:38 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2019 22:55:00 466thHistorian Changes to events
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom, page 80

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2015 01:37:48 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events and aircraft associations

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2014 04:29:05 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Officers of Attlebridge booklet - 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:05 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