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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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron
  • 863rd Bomb Squadron


  • Kenneth Anderson

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

  • Leonard Badolato

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

  • Harry Bender

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Bordagaray

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

  • Phillip Bramsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Brockman

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

  • James Cole

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Hudson Coombs

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

  • Ferdinand Corradini

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 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
First 493rd BG Combat Mission 14100 Lisieux, France 6 June 1944
Final 493rd BG Combat Mission Kiel, Germany 24 August 1944
First 466th BG Combat Mission Gelsenkirchen, Germany 25 October 1944
Final 466th BG Combat Mission Salzburg, Germany 21 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
14 November 2016 19:28:45 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings, events, unit associations and place associations

Darren Jelley - 493rd BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2016 01:23:45 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2015 03:34:13 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations, place associations and media associations

466th BG Historian