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B-24 Liberator

An original a/c of the 493rd BG, she was transferred to the 466th BG after the former transitioned to B-17's



  • 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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron
  • 861st Bomb Squadron


  • Joseph Almand

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 34 missions. Flew on b-24 'Slick Chick'

  • Lovell Baker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF as a Major after also serving tours in Korea and Vietnam.

  • John Gerrity

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    35 missions flown, 7 August 1944 through 4 March 1945 AM, 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO Ribbon, 6 Battle Stars

  • William Lee

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Proppe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Philip Ross

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Charles Saxon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Completed a 35 mission combat tour ...


  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 741

    6 December 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...

  • 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 Mainz, Germany 19 October 1944
Final 466th BG Combat Mission Vaux-sur-Mer, France 15 April 1945


Date Contributor Update
14 November 2016 19:35:37 466thHistorian Changes to manufacturer, markings, description, events, unit associations and place associations

Darren Jelley - 493rd BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
25 June 2016 01:14:34 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, markings, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Chris Brassfield