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Albert W Helsley

Military

Preferred to fly the Ford built B-24's.
Good friends with Lt. Robert Harrington who's room was across the hall and Lt. Robert Greenwood who took over Harrington's crew when he (Harrington) was shot down flying with a make up crew.

Service

People

  • Andrew Bozony

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Conrad

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

  • Edgar Cooley

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

  • Robert Cuccaro

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

  • James Fennell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Completed 32 combat missions.

  • Aurelio Gualteri

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Stuart

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

  • George Williams

    Military | 466th Bomb Group

  • Francis Zeuli

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 8th Air Force

    28 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.

  • 510

    2 August 1944

  • 512

    3 August 1944

  • 524

    6 August 1944

  • 530

    8 August 1944

  • 533

    9 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...

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 576

    26 August 1944

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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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Knoxville, TN, USA 24 November 1920
Lived in Rogersville, TN 37857, USA 1942

416 McKinney Avenue

466th Tour 28 July 1944 – 13 January 1945

Pilot of Crew #740. Completed a 33 mission tour. It appears he led his crew on 32 missions and flew one additional mission with another crew. - Albert Helsley

Combat Mission Cologne, Germany 18 October 1944

On the Cologne mission I had to leave formation due to flak damage. The bomb bay doors were loose and flapping in the wind. I had a damaged engine, the radios were out and I couldn't get the right altitude on the instruments. We tagged onto another group and let down over the North Sea. We broke out of the cloud right above the water. From there I was able to fly back to base.

Died Beaverton, OR, USA 20 July 2006
Buried Portland, OR, USA 24 July 2006

Willamette National Cemetery
Portland
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section X Site 212

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2015 03:13:39 466thHistorian Changes to biography, events and mission associations
Sources

Written Interview with Albert Helsley - c. 2004

Date Contributor Update
12 September 2015 00:46:06 466thHistorian Changes to events and person associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
29 November 2014 23:48:32 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2014 01:12:05 466thHistorian Changes to role, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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