Edward M Ritts

media-7239.jpeg UPL 7239 Crew #751 & #483
Ivan M. Wright Crew
466th BG - 787th and 784th Bomb Squadrons
B-24J-1-FO #42-95617 "Jennie" Code: T9-I

Standing Left to Right: Harold E. Hansen (B), Edward C. Brown (N), Edward M. Ritts (CP), Ivan M. Wright (P)

Kneeling Left to Right: John D. Van Nest (G), Arthur A. Danekas (G), Vern C. Rhoades (R/O), Robert P. Nichols (FE), John W. Fee (G), Geranld K. Novell (G)

466th BG Historian

Object Number - UPL 7239 - Crew #751 & #483 Ivan M. Wright Crew 466th BG - 787th and 784th Bomb Squadrons B-24J-1-FO #42-95617 "Jennie" Code: T9-I Standing Left to...


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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


  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron 787th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-696499
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Jennie
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 466th Bomb Group 784th Bomb Squadron


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


Event Location Date Description


Iowa, USA 17 August 1924


466th BG Tour

Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 30 August 1944 - 25 March 1945


Morgan Hill, CA, USA 29 August 2004 Edward Ritts, passed into the light on Aug. 29, 2004, age 80. Born in Iowa on Aug. 17, 1924, to Charles and Juanita Ritts, he served as a B-24 pilot for the Army Air Corp during World War II. After the war, Mr. Ritts returned home and married Marilyn, his high school sweetheart, in 1945. He graduated from Iowa State University in 1948 with an Engineering degree. His professional career included work as an automotive engineer for the Cities Service and Tidewater Oil Companies, as a small business owner, and finally, as a Real Estate Broker as he approached his retirement years. Married for almost 50 years, Mr. and Mrs. Ritts enjoyed traveling, particularly their yearly trips to Lake Tahoe and Kona, and the company of their many friends. He cherished the friendship and camaraderie provided by the Morgan Hill Airmen’s Association, the Gilroy Elks Club, and the Local Sirs Club. He looked forward over the years to his fishing trips in Canada and Alaska and his hunting trips in Wyoming. His gentle nature, caring soul, and self-effacing humor will be greatly missed by all.



Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA Iowa State University Engineering School
Kansas City, MO, USA 1305 Brush Creek Blvd


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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 350 & age 388 in the book 2ND AIR DIVISIONby Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition (D790.A2S45)

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