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.
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...
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
Was a police sergeant in the NYPD after the war.
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)
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.
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Top Turret Gunner
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.
Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier; Pilotage Navigator
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner
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...