Heath H. Carriker Crew
466th BG - 786th and 784th Bomb Squadron
B-24J-1-FO #42-95592 "Black Cat" Code: T9-U
Standing Left to Right: Forrest Jackson (WG), Howard L. DeBoer (B), Jack H. Wendling (CP), Walter Schutt (PN), Ben Elizado (R/O)
Kneeling Left to Right: Steve Barnes (FE), Courtland L. Brovitz (N), Heath H. Carriker (P), Clarence A. Broadway (RN)
Crew not in photo: Willie Dee (TG), Joe Olandese (BTG/WG)
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) | Flight Engineer
Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator
Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
Military | Captain | Pilot
Dec 23, 44 on mission to Blatchen, ger. flack disabled aileron and rudder control with resulting loss of altitude from 23,000 to 8,000 ft. With elevator controls and all engines we made it back to Base 1:30 late. This was a close call!
Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
Killed when his B-29 crashed trying to make an emergency landing at Guam while on a Search and Rescue mission in December 1953.
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner
Flew a total of 32 missions, 10 of them as a lead crew Flew on 'Black Cat'
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Pilotage Navigator
Flew 30 missions. 23 December 1944 Dahlhem. August 1944 over France. On 1st mission, pilot landed with all 4 engines out.
DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Pilot
Completed pilot training on 7 January 1944, aged 18 and allegedly became the youngest commissioned officer and pilot in the USAAF at that time.
On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations.
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...