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Anthony Carras

Military

Co-Pilot of the Harry C. Merritt Crew - Crew 671
Competed 36 missions.
Post war he was a well known television and film editor and producer. His credits include:
The Bob Hope Christmas Special (TV Special)
1967 Tarzan and the Great River
1963 The Comedy of Terrors
1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
1963 Operation Bikini
1962 Tales of Terror
1961 Pit and the Pendulum
1961 Master of the World
1960 Last Woman on Earth
1960 House of Usher
1960 Ski Troop Attack
1959 Blood and Steel
1959 Beast from Haunted Cave

He married Catherine M Davis on March 13,1944 and had five children, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Carras recalled an incident that occured 12 December 1944 in "Attlebridge Arsenal": ' As we were approaching our base after an all out mission, the oil pressure suddenly dropped on our #3 engine. I feathered #3 and we shot two red flares indicating a mechanical failure. The tower told us to come straight in. Landing a bomber with only three engines is a nightmare. Harry (Merritt, Pilot) and I stood on our left rudder pedals and I adjusted the trim to keep the right wing up. On final approach, Harry brought her in pretty hot because he did not want to land short. On flare out I had to readjust the trim because there was less power.
On landing we could here the tower screaming "get off the runway!" to the ship that landed in front of us. We were traveling at a high speed and catching up to that aircraft ahead, but we had no brakes; #3 engine provides power for the brakes. I said "we have to get off the runway." Harry replied, "We will get court martialed." I said "That's fine, I'd rather be court martialed than dead!" I took over the controls and headed for the right side of the field traveling over the grass and sand. I hoped the brussel sprout field next the base would stop us, but before that happened, fate stepped in. We hit a pothole in the ground with the left main gear, which then collapsed. The left wing dug into the ground. On the runway the ship that had been ahead of us was now parallel to us. One of our props came off and took off the nose of that ship. I now had destroyed TWO B-24's, but thank God, no one was hurt'

Service

People

  • Harry Merritt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

Missions

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 Detroit, MI, USA 23 November 1920
Lived in New York, NY, USA 1942

5626 Broadway

Married 13 March 1944

Married Catherine M Davis

Died Laguna Beach, CA, USA 15 August 2007
Buried Riverside, CA, USA 19 August 2007

Riverside National Cemetery
Riverside
Riverside County
California, USA
Plot: 57B 0 50

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2015 02:46:08 466thHistorian Changes to service number and events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 June 2015 09:49:10 Emily Changes to nickname, highest rank, biography and events
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Information provided by Cathy Carras Cwiok, Carras' Daughter.

Date Contributor Update
02 April 2015 00:32:43 466thHistorian Changes to events
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"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom
Letter from Anthony Carras dated 25 December 2003

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 00:12:00 466thHistorian Changes to events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 00:09:50 466thHistorian Changes to biography
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 00:02:11 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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Officers of Attlebridge booklet - 1944

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:46 AAM AAM ingest
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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 and Brassfield, page 344

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