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B-24J-145-CO #44-40067 "Big Fat Mama"
466th BG - 786th BS
James B. Carter Crew - Crew #654

Standing Left to Right: Herman J. Juneau (LWG), John Loeper (N), Edwin J. McGinty (CP), Merrill G. Bradlee (RWG), Eugene E. Dillinger (B)

Kneeling Left to Right: Seymour Kopels (TG), James B. Carter (P), Ralph T. McGrath (R/O), Ward W. Hauenstein (FE), Leslie V. Fossey (NG)



  • 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • Merrill Bradlee

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner
    35 Missions, some easy, some tough. Never hit by fighters, usually took some flak. No one on crew wounded or killed. AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 4 Battle Stars

  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Eugene Dillinger

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Leslie Fossey

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

  • Ward Hauenstein

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

  • Herman Juneau

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

  • Seymour Kopels

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

  • John Loeper

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Edwin McGinty

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Ralph McGrath

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


  • 44-40067 Big Fat Mama

    B-24 Liberator
    44-40067 "Big Fat Mama". Original aircraft for the 856th BS, 492nd BG. ...


  • 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...


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01 June 2015 03:01:04 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian