Andrew Van Slot

Military

Object Number - UPL 7271 - Crew #765 David Bridgers Crew 466th BG - 787th BS B-24J-155-CO #44-40253 "Hard Luck" Code: 6L-N Standing Left to Right: Herb Leopold (B),...

31 bombing missions, 4 gas hauls for Patton, Battle of the Bulge. Going overseas from Goose Bay, we had ice on the ailerones and went into a spin at 13,500. Pulled out at 3500. The ice finally broke with temp change. We were called back to Goose Bay. Two planes went down that night, we assume the same conditions.

5 Air Medals/ Good Conduct Medals/ ETO Ribbon

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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 786th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 32874367
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 33427243
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade)
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Delores Jean
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Peggy Ann
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Huckle de Buck
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron 863rd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: Hard Luck
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 787th Bomb Squadron 862nd Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: This Above All
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 493rd Bomb Group 786th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 6 October 1944

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

Born

Sanborn, Iowa 1924-10-17

Died

Holland, MI, USA 2008-04-02

Buried

Holland, MI, USA 2008-04-05 Pilgrim Home Cemetery Holland Ottawa County Michigan, USA

Revisions

Date7 Aug 2018 10:43:07
Sources

David Bridgers' entry in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p 56

Date20 Oct 2015 01:19:42
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date4 Jan 2015 03:36:53
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date4 Jan 2015 03:36:05
Contributor466thHistorian
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date27 Sep 2014 18:25:12
ContributorAAM
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self

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