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B-24 Liberator



  • 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...

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • Houston Bell

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

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Duane Bryers

    Military | 487th Bomb Group
    Painted the nose art on B-24J-155-CO #44-40328 "This Above All"

  • Jerry Cappellini

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

  • Bernard Chapman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Served as Nose Turret Gunner on crews of Robert C. Moore and Rufus A. David.

  • Carl Crawford

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner/Top Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Forrest Crute

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

  • Rufus David

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Rufus David was assigned to the B-24 crew of Robert C. Moore as CP in May 1944 at the Lincoln Army Air Station in Lincoln, Nebraska. After five gas haul missions and 11 combat missions, from September to November 1944, Moore was reassigned to a lead...

  • Paul Evans

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    DFC w 2 Oak Leaf Clusters Also served in Korea and Vietnam. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

  • Thomas Fyock

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator/Gunner | 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...

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...


Event Location Date
Combat Mission Landshut, Germany 16 April 1945

William Hawkins Crew - Crew #695


Date Contributor Update
02 January 2017 00:03:29 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

466th BG Archives - Group Formation sheet - 16 April 1945

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 14:10:06 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings and media associations

Chris Brassfield