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Crew #565/473
John C. Welsh Crew
466th BG - 785th and 784th Bomb Squadrons

Standing Left to Right: Michael P. Pelish (B), Harold K. Jordon (CP), Eugene Gjertsen (RN), John C. Welsh (P), Edward W. Winter (N), Donald Dowdell (R/O)

Kneeling Left to Right: Unidentified, Herman Young (G), Harold Westby (PN), Paul Kaufmann (TTG)

Not in photo: John Belanger (TG), Vincent Palmer (FE)

This crew completed 7 missions with the 785th BS and then transferred to the 784th BS where they completed an additional 23 missions as a lead crew.



  • 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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • Donald Dowdell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Was a police sergeant in the NYPD after the war.

  • Eugene Gjertsen

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Radar Navigator
    Flew about 15 missions with original crew, then transferred to 784th BS. Flew on B-24 #42-51240 (on overseas movement trip from U.S. This a/c was surrendered at Valley Wales. This a/c was eventually assigned to the 392nd BG) ...

  • Harold Jordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Career U.S.A.F. Officer, retired in 1975 as a colonel. Wife Jane Merrill Jordon, sons David, Steven and Brian.

  • Paul Kaufman

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

  • Michael Pelish

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Originally a member of the Joseph Damiani Crew, he was not aboard when they were lost on a Truckin' mission on 25 September 1944. As it wasn't a combat mission, the bombardier wasn't needed.

  • John Welsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Harold Westby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Pilotage Navigator

  • Edward Winter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Herman Young

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | 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...


Date Contributor Update
14 June 2019 20:23:12 466thHistorian Changes to collection

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 21:34:14 466thHistorian Changes to caption and person associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
22 May 2015 21:31:08 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom