Earl H. Beitler/Neil Gobrecht Crew
Standing Left to Right: Richard S.Lundberg (R/O), Russell K. Mason (FE), Earl H. Beitler (P), John Perella (N), Neil M. Gobrecht (CP/P)
Kneeling Left to Right: Gale Raymond (NG), Donald Sargeant (TG), Wilfred Smith (WG), Edward M. Smith (WG)
During this crew's combat tour, the pilot, Earl H. Beitler was promoted to 787th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer and Gobrecht took over as pilot.
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 | First Lieutenant | Pilot -- Squadron Operations Officer
Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot/Pilot
Flew B-24 in combat in WW 2.
Flew B-29 during the Korean War.
Flew U-10 in combat during the Vietnam War
Retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Was a science teacher for 12 years before retiring.
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
Originally a member of the Earl H. Beitler Crew (Crew #768), Perella was flying with the Richard Farrington Crew (Crew #487) when he was KIA on 21 April 1945
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner
See Neil Gobrecht's page for list of missions
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner
6 Air Medals/ 3 Battle Stars
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist 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...