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B-24 Liberator

44-40067 "Big Fat Mama". Original aircraft for the 856th BS, 492nd BG.
Total Missions with the 492nd BG: 35. Total WWII Missions: unknown
Transferred to 466th BG, 579th BS, and the 786th BS. Flew missions between 30 Aug 44 - 11 Sep 44, then declared war weary. 8 Oct 44: take-off accident, repaired and then transferred to 93rd BG, 328th BS. Scheduled to fly on 24 Dec 44 mission but was scrubbed. Used as a weather ship in 1945.



  • 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. ...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron
  • 859th Bomb Squadron


  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

  • Benjamin Babitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Merrill Bradlee

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    35 Missions, some easy, some tough. Never hit by fighters, usually took some flak. No one on crew wounded or killed. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 4 Battle Stars

  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Thomas Floyd

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 467th Bomb Group

  • Duane Heath

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Andrew Maiorino

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Donald Prytulak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 467th Bomb Group
    Don and his crew were among the first crews to arrive at Alamogordo. Many of the new crews had been disbanded to form other new crews or were taken over by a senior pilot. Apparently, the command staff liked what they saw in Don as his crew remained...

  • George Robb

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 467th Bomb Group
    Transferred 467th BG

  • Raymond Suchiu

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 467th Bomb Group

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  • 698

    2 November 1944


  • 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...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...


Event Location Date
1st 492nd BG Combat Mission Mulhouse, France 11 May 1944
Final (64th) 492nd BG Combat Mission Brunswick, Germany 5 August 1944
1st 466th BG Combat Mission Villers l'Hopital, France 30 August 1944
Final 466th BG Combat Mission Magdeburg, Germany 11 September 1944


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2021 23:36:03 acbernstein1 Changes to description

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2019 01:28:55 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 03:03:34 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

466th BG Historian