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466th Bomb Group

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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 occasion. The Group flew missions against strategic objectives like U-boat installations in Kiel, ball bearing works in Berlin, aircraft factories in Munich and oil refineries in Hamburg. Remarkably, the 785th Bomb Squadron flew 55 consecutive missions without loss.

Commanding officers
  • Arthur Pierce

    Military | Colonel | Commander - 466th Bomb Group | 466th Bomb Group
    Between 31 March 1942 and 1 February 1943, Pierce was promoted 4 times, from 1LT to full Colonel. ...

  • Elvin Ligon

    Military | Colonel | Commander - 466th Bomb Group | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF as a Major General http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/106386/major-general-elvin-s-ligon.aspx

  • Luther Fairbanks

    Military | Colonel | Commander - 466th Bomb Group | 466th Bomb Group

  • Walter Bryte

    Military | Colonel | Commander - 466th Bomb Group | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Cleveland

    Military | Colonel | Chief of Staff; Commanding Officer | 25th Bomb Group
    Cleveland was Chief of Staff of the 325th Wing and assumed command on July 4 1944. Cleveland was C.O. of the 466th BG: 1 November 1944 - 16 February 1945

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Missions

  • 8th Air Force 273

    22 March 1944
    The German aviation industries at Oraneinburg and Basdorf were the intended primary target for this mission but dense cloud cover prevented the attack on these targets. The secondary target of Berlin, Germany and surrounding Targets of Opportunity (TOs...

  • 8th Air Force 275

    23 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Brunswick, Munster, Osnabruck, and Achmer, Germany as well as the airfield at Handorf, Germany become the targets for a force of 768 heavy bombers despatched by all three Air Divisions. The bomber gunner claims on German...

  • 8th Air Force 277

    24 March 1944
    This mission is composed of two elements, one from 1st Air Division and the other from 2nd Air Division. A total of 436 hevay bombers are despatched. The primary target for 1st Air Division is the the ball bearing plants at Schweifurt, Germany. 2nd Air...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 301

    13 April 1944

  • 339

    5 May 1944

  • 376

    28 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 388

    3 June 1944

  • 419

    17 June 1944

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Stations

Station Location Date
Based Attlebridge 7 March 1944 – 6 July 1945

Connections

People

  • Robert Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Abplanalp

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    completed 34 missions Good Conduct/Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters/EAME Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

  • Herbert Achterberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Draftsman | 466th Bomb Group
    Worked in Group operations as a draftsman. Memorable days -- years -- in England Good Conduct & 'Mouse Medal'

  • Edsel Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    January - March 1945. On 23 February 1945, 6th mission, ditched our B-24. 3 of 9 crew members survived. Picked up by air-sea rescue in life raft after 8 hours. Flown to England. AM/ ETO w/ 3 battle stars/ PH

  • Warren Adams

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Shot down 9 May 1944 in B-24 #4252584 'Worry Bird II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). PH

  • Curtis Adamy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Addison

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

  • Sheldon Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    B-24H #41-29439. Crashed at Lioncourt, near St. Quentin, FR, on return from gas trucking mission to St. Dizier, FR. Crew of six all KNO. All received a group burial at the Jeff Barracks Cemetery.

  • George Aeschbach

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

  • James Agerton

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Machinist | 466th Bomb Group

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Aircraft

  • 41-28664 Merchant of Venice

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 466BG's first mission. Failed to Return (FTR)mission to Epinal. A/C seen with one engine feathered and another smoking, radio message received that pilot was heading for Switzerland. Not seen again. 11 x KIA...

  • 41-28743 Eastern Beast

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BBG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by 20mm flak direct hit taking out the Oxygen, electrical and hydraulic systems and starting a large fire. Went into dive after leaving the target area of Brunswick 8-May-44. S/Sgt's Carlson and Cannon bailed...

  • 41-28746 Jamaica?

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28747 Gruesome Goose

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammuniton Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board. ...

  • 41-28754 Tell Me More

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 787BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin. Forced down, crash landed Apeldourn, Netherlands. 29-Apr-44 10 x POW. MACR 4447.

  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

  • 41-29350 Spare Parts

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 41-29350 was lost on 18 July 18 1944 over France. The aircraft took a direct hit by flak in the bomb bay while leaving the target, severing the control cables and forcing the pilots to attempt to ditch in the Channel off the coast of France. Four...

  • 41-29353 no name

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29364 Stardust

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29365 no name

    B-24 Liberator

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Citations

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 03:05:54 466thHistorian Changes to unit encompassing associations and mission associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
10 April 2015 19:08:15 EMBLEMHUNTER Changes to mission associations and media associations
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my photo

Date Contributor Update
06 February 2015 01:36:36 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 December 2014 17:04:02 466thHistorian Changes to unit part of associations, mission associations and stations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 16:59:53 466thHistorian Changes to unit encompassing associations and mission associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 01:10:43 466thHistorian Changes to type, nicknames, aircraft types, commanding officers associations, mission associations and stations
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Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:46 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / The Mighty Eighth. A History of the Units, Men and Machines of the US 8th Air Force.' by Roger A. Freeman (1989). 'Air Force Combat Units of World War II' compiled by the Department of the US Air Force, edited by Maurice Maurer (1983). / Units in the UK from ETOUSA Station List, as transcribed by Lt. Col. Philip Grinton (US Army, Retired) and extracted by IWM; air division data from L.D. Underwood, based on the 8th Air Force Strength Report of 6th August 1944, as published in 'The 8th Air Force Yearbook' by Lt. Col. John H Woolnough (1980)

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