42-52584 The Worry Bird II

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Units served with

Three little girls hold up a balloon celebrating the 100th mission of the 466th Bomb Group in front of a B-24 Liberator (serial number 42-95592) nicknamed "Black Cat". Handwritten caption on reverse: 'On our 100 Mission party Day- 18 Aug 1944, Attlebridge, 466th- wouldn't it be something if we could identify these girls? How could I do it?'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37380320
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-747186
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18109940
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-542110
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 18098208
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Gunner

Places

Aerial photograph of Attlebridge airfield, looking north, the fuel store and a T2 hangar are in the upper centre, 31 January 1946. Photograph taken by No. 90 Squadron, sortie number RAF/3G/TUD/UK/51. English Heritage (RAF Photography).
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Attlebridge Arsenal, Station 120

Events

Event Location Date Description

Other

Failed to Return (FTR)

Gierle, 2275 Lille, Belgium 1944-05-09 Shot down by a FW 190. The hydraulic system was hit and exploded.

Revisions

Date19 Jul 2017 14:59:27
ContributorLucy May
Sources

Changed location of crash from '30 miles SE of Brussels' to Gierle, Belgium

Correspondence with Tinne Peeters:
'I searched the internet for more information about a B-24 that served during WWII named "Worry Bird II". I saw your website and noticed a mistake in the information about that airplane. The B-24 was shot down in Gierle (almost near the Dutch border - close to Turnhout). I know for sure as my grandfather used to tell me how he saw the plane crash during the war. And later in life he did some more research about the crew.'

Further sources:
MACR 4803: https://www.fold3.com/image/1/28625514
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_3.html

Date4 Nov 2014 01:25:13
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date27 Sep 2014 18:40:54
ContributorAAM
Sources

MACR 4803 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database