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Howard G Goodner


Flew B-24 'The Black Cat. ' Killed in Action (KIA) crashed at Regensburg. He had no parachute and came down in a free fall alongside bombs and oxygen tanks, spinning toward the Bavarian village of Scharmassing. He landed in a field outside town, his body striking the earth so hard that it left a crater nearly six inches deep. Maria Wittig, then 19, saw him there. He was athletic looking, fair-skinned, handsome. Long fingers. 60 years after the crash, in Vienna, Austria was immortalized on a US postage stamp.



  • Richard Farrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592

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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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...


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...

  • Regensburg

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born Etowah, TN 37331, USA 2 March 1944
Lived in Bowling Green, KY, USA January 1943

Western Kentucky Univ.

Enlisted Fort Oglethorpe, GA, USA 18 March 1943
Killed in Action (KIA) Scharmassing, 93083 Obertraubling, Germany 21 April 1945
Buried Cleveland, TN, USA 1948

Hilcrest Memorial Gardens
Bradley County
Tennessee, USA


Date Contributor Update
29 January 2018 02:33:49 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 02:19:44 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 02:13:52 466thHistorian Changes to service number, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:16 AAM AAM ingest

8th AF News, March 2001 MACR 14182 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 14182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database