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Glenn R Cowan


Killed in Action (KIA) no body ever recovered. On 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42110160 'Chris Crate II' ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued. Name shows as Conway in Combat Chronology Supplement



  • Theodore Kolaya

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Forced to ditch due to engine fire/failure 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42110160 'Chris Crate II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

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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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


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 New Castle, IN 47362, USA 6 August 1924
Died approx. 15 miles NNE of Cromer, Norfolk, UK 23 February 1945

On 23 Feb 1945 this crew took off on a mission at about 7:45 and ditched at 8:00 about 15 mi east of Cromer. (The location given in the accident report is 53 04N, 01 20 E which is more like 15 mi north of Cromer). Thomas J Foley was the Co-Pilot on B-24 from the based at Attlebridge. The pilot was Theodore V Kolaya. The plane had #4 engine on fire and #2 engine cutting out and the decision was made to ditch. The plane lost altitude very rapidly, hit the water and sank almost immediately. Three of the crew survived the RO, a Gunner and the Flight Engineer who were able to get out of the plane and release a life raft as the plane sank out of sight. Those three were sighted by a plane at 16:00 and were soon picked up by a PBY. The other six men in the nine man crew are still missing and are listed on the Wall of Remembrance.

Buried May 1945

No Known Grave
Tablets of the Missing


Date Contributor Update
12 July 2016 01:01:43 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
21 December 2014 19:37:18 466thHistorian Changes to role, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:33 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2110160 Attlebridge Arsenal p. 159.