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44-40320

B-24 Liberator

Operation Home Run #62

Service

Units

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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

    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...

  • 652nd Bomb Squadron
  • 785th Bomb Squadron
  • 860th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Virgil Brave

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 34th Bomb Group
    Assigned to the 34th Bomb Group on 1 April 1944 in Blythe California. ...

  • Charles Conner

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

  • Robert Davenport

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Mechanic | 466th Bomb Group
    Started with the 490th BG/ 850th BS which received special orders flying single ship low altitude missions with 8 man crews. As a gunner, I was transferred to 2nd Bomb Div. 96th C. W. 466th BG/ 785th BS. Flew as spare gunner for 14 missions. Assigned...

  • Clifford Ellison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    35 combat missions AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • John Grodeon

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

  • Francis Holeva

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. RTD.

  • John Hubley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    MACR 7381. B-24 AC # 41-29387 'THE SNARK'. AC put through violent actions to avoid flak on mission on 8 Aug 1944. 4 crewman bailed out and were captured. Remaining crew returned to England, but forced to crash land at Manston. RTD.

  • Paul Kochenash

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    After the war he was a design draftsman for Mack Trucks for 22 years.

  • John Litzie

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

  • Clayton Marshall

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    Missions: 1944 - Oct 7 Magdeburg; 14 Kaiserslautern; 22 Hamm; 25 Gelsinkirchen; Nov 2 Castrop Rauxel; 6 Sterkrade; 11 Bottrop; 21 Harburg; 26 Bielefeld; Dec 10 Bingen; 12 Aschaffenburg; 28 St. Wendel; 1945 - Jan 3 Zweibrucken; 8 Whittlich; 16 Dresden;...

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Missions

  • 863

    4 March 1945

Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Departed U.S. 7 May 1944

Original equipment of 493rd BG

First 466th BG Combat Mission Osnabrück, Germany 12 October 1944
Last 466th BG Combat Mission Karlsbad, Germany 17 April 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2017 03:46:20 466thHistorian Changes to events and unit associations
Sources

"The 25th BG (Rcn) in World War II" - Norman Malayney
page 280

Date Contributor Update
28 September 2015 02:48:47 466thHistorian Changes to description and events
Sources

Attlebridge Diaries - John Woolnough

Date Contributor Update
18 December 2014 15:38:08 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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