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Crew #549/472
Paul W. Perry Crew
466th BG - 785th and 74th Bomb Squadrons

Standing Left to Right: William Bento (R/O), Paul W. Perry (P), Joseph R. Kelly (CP), Lloyd K. Randolph (N), Gerald D. Camp (FE)

Kneeling Left to Right: Jack F. Towner (G), John F. Durtsche (BTG), Oliver J. Rauch (B), Robert L. Traeger (WG) Arel A. Bye (G)

This crew was originally assigned to the 492nd BG before being transferred to the 466th BG .

Photo taken at Cuntoe, Northern Ireland



  • 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...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • William Bento

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Transferred Air Transport Command

  • Arel Bye

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Transferred 466th BG.

  • Gerald Camp

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer

  • John Durtsche

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Joseph Kelly

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Paul Perry

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    The Paul W. Perry crew were put together at the 1st BCRD, Westover Field, Massachusetts, in early March, 1944. On 27 May, 1944, they landed at Nutts Corner, Scotland, to begin their European tour. The crew were first assigned to the 445th Bomb Group,...

  • Lloyd Randolph

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Transferred Air Transport Command.

  • Oliver Rauch

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Transferred 466th BG

  • Jack Towner

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner/Waist Gunner

  • Robert Traeger

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner


  • 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...

  • Cluntoe

    Military site : airfield
    Cluntoe was built for the RAF in 1940-42, before being handed obver to the Eighth Air Force. It was used as a Combat Crew Replacement Centre for the training of crews, and was also home to the 311th Ferrying Squadron. It was closed after being handed...


Date Contributor Update
12 November 2015 03:52:09 466thHistorian Changes to caption and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2015 16:55:52 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian