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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.

The aircraft was hit by flak on a mission to Regensburg and the wing broke off. Three men were seen to escape, but the rest perished when the ship crashed.



  • 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


  • Curtis Adamy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Ashcraft

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 24 Combat Missions Air Medal w 3Oak Leaf Cluster; ETO with 3 Battle Stars

  • Frank Bailey

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Steve Barnes

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jerome Barrett

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer/Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592

  • Sylvester Bauer

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

  • Lawrence Bortness

    Military | Colonel | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF as a Colonel after serving in WW 2, Korean War and Vietnam. Was bombardier (B-24J), Nav Radar/NAV N-52, flight engineer B-29, NAV B-36, performance engineer B-52, OPS/Plans officer, Base Commander, Wing Commander, 8th Air Force....

  • John Brennan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) at Regensburg in B-24 'Black Cat' #4295592

  • Clarence Broadway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain

  • Cortland Brovitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

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  • 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...

  • Oberhinkofen

    Crash site


Event Location Date
First 466th BG mission Vechta, Germany 15 August 1944
Failed to Return (FTR) Scharmassing, 93083 Obertraubling, Germany 21 April 1945

Hit in the left wing by flak. Crashed, killing 10 of 12 crewmembers of the Richard Farrington Crew.

"I think I will never forget the image of "Black Cat" being hit and going down. She was flying as the 3rd squadron lead. In the turn to abort Black Cat slid slid underneath my deputy squadron lead until it seemed right off my left wing (underneath of course). I can still see the flames coming out of the bomb bay just before they tell me it exploded. The human interest story is that most of the crew were on their final mission, and so near the end of the war too. My crew reported only seeing two chutes coming out. When the abort turn was ordered by Col. (Brunow) Feiling, my navigator called and told me a left turn would take us right over Regensburg, a heavy flak area. I told my navigator to call the lead ship, which he did, only to catch hell for breaking radio silence." - Bill Proppe


Date Contributor Update
28 May 2016 02:05:23 466thHistorian Changes to events

Bill Proppe letter to Chris Brassfield - 3 March 2000
466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
07 April 2015 01:31:18 466thHistorian Changes to description and events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
05 November 2014 00:31:21 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, place associations, mission associations and media associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:41:08 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 14182 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database