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Crew #640/462
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)



  • 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
  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • Steve Barnes

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

  • Clarence Broadway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain

  • Cortland Brovitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Heath Carriker

    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! ...

  • Howard DeBoer

    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.

  • Ben Elizalde

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • Forrest Jackson

    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'

  • Walter Schutt

    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

  • Jack Wendling

    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. ...


  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...


  • 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
26 May 2015 15:27:54 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom