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B-24 Liberator

Few 20 missions with the 492nd BG
Flew 80+ missions with the 453rd BG
Operation Home Run #35 (466th BG)

May have been named "Ernie's Beavers" with the 492nd BG, however no photographic proof of this has yet been found.



  • 453rd Bomb Group

    453rd Bomb Group

    As well as strategic bombardment missions, the 453rd Bomb Group also ferried cargo on two occasions. They hauled petrol, blankets, and rations to France in September 1944 and dropped ammunition, food and medical supplies near Wesel during the airborne...

  • 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...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 735th Bomb Squadron
  • 786th Bomb Squadron
  • 857th Bomb Squadron


  • Richard Bailey

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Dick Bailey was a tail gunner in a B-24 replacement group of the 453rd Bomb Group, 735th Squadron. He was part of Robert Thach's crew who completed 35 missions over Germany from Sept. 8, 1944-Feb. 24, 1945. He had worked as a tool machines at John...

  • Donald Carlson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    One of the last crews assigned to the 466th BG, the Carlson Crew arrived to Attlebridge too late to see combat. They did participate in the "trolley" missions and Operation Home Run.

  • Delanie Colvin

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

  • Emmitt Coomer

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD 29 may 1944 B-24J #44-40173 'Ernie's Beavers'.

  • Charles Crowley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD 29 May1944 B-24J 44-40173 'Ernie's Beavers'.

  • Gerald Edwards

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD 29 may 1944 B-24J #44-40173 'Ernie's Beavers'.

  • Gildo Gregory

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD 29 may 1944 B-24J #44-40173 'Ernie's Beavers'.

  • Peter Leri

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD 29 may 1944 B-24J #44-40173 'Ernie's Beavers'.

  • John McCarthy

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    RTD 29 may 1944 B-24J #44-40173 'Ernie's Beavers'.

  • Nemesio Mena

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)
    Nemesio Mena joined the Army Air Force in 1943. He enlisted at Fort Bliss, TX. He took his technical radio training at Scott Field, Il. In late 1943, he was assigned to Crew 103 of the 331st CCTS. (Combat Crew Training School). In early 1944, they were...

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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...

  • Old Buckenham

    Military site : airfield
    Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped...


Event Location Date
Returned 29 May 1944


Date Contributor Update
25 October 2017 11:25:55 Lucy May Changes to events

MACR 5392 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2017 21:02:06 466thHistorian Changes to markings and unit associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
08 June 2017 20:59:28 466thHistorian Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2015 03:06:35 466thHistorian Changes to description, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2014 02:33:14 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, unit associations, place associations and media associations

466th BG Historian