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778th Bomb Squadron


Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), October 1943, becoming a Fifteenth Air Force heavy bomb squadron, attacking enemy targets both in the MTO and European Theater of Operations (ETO). After end of war in Europe, used B-24s for transport of personnel from various points in Europe to Waller Field, Trinidad, being attached to Air Transport Command. Inactivated 31 July 1945.


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  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force

    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 464th Bomb Group

    464th Bomb Group

    A Consolidated History of the 464th Bomb Group ...

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  • Howard Carlson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Howard R. Carlson followed his brother (Gilbert Carlson) into the Air Corps on 23 Feb 1943 and was stationed in Italy (1944-45) where he was a co-pilot on a B-24 Liberator with the 464th Bomb Group, 778th BS, 15th Air Force. He was discharged on 16 Aug...

  • Rosh Crosby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Rosh Crosby served as a co-pilot with the 778th Bomb Squadron of the 464th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Pantanella airfield, Italy. On 5 February 1945, he was flying B-24 42-52537 on a mission to Regensburg. With two engines shot up, they...

  • Alvin Kidd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 464th Bomb Group
    1st Lt Alvin S. Kidd Jr. volunteered for the U.S. Army in Los Angeles, California on 29 December 1941. ...

  • Raymond O'Connon

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | gunner B24 | 464th Bomb Group
    Staff Sgt O'Connon was shot down on Oct 4th, 1944 on the mission to Munich, Germany. All of the crew bailed down and were captured. Sgt O'Connon was sent to Stalag Luft IV, then moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust then to Usedom Bei Savenmunde, Germany....

  • Roy Strong

    Military | pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Pilot of B24 Butch-M-Love, shot down on Oct 4th, 1944 on mission to Munich , Germany. Lt Strong became a POW.


  • 44-49710 "Stevonovitch II (Black Nan)"

    B-24 Liberator
    Suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines, pilot Col James Gilson, C/O of the 779th BS and nine other crew members were KIA [killed in action], one waist gunner was thrown clear and survived. Lugo, Italy 10th...

  • 42-95364 Wheel N' Deal

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-41084 Big Fat Mama

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-52537 Ruthie the Raider

    B-24 Liberator
    Lost Feb 5, 1945, Germany. Two engines shot up, diverted to Switzerland, ran out of fuel and crash landed on deserted German airfield. Crew returned. MACR 12064.




Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 00:05:21 466thHistorian Changes to unit encompassing associations

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 00:02:22 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations and media associations