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Crew #768
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.



  • 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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • Earl Beitler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot -- Squadron Operations Officer

  • Neil Gobrecht

    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.

  • Richard Lundberg

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

  • Russell Mason

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

  • John Perella

    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

  • Gale Raymond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner
    See Neil Gobrecht's page for list of missions

  • Donald Sargeant

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

  • Edward Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner
    6 Air Medals/ 3 Battle Stars 8 encounters

  • Wilfred Smith

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


  • 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
14 June 2019 20:39:19 466thHistorian Changes to collection

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 18:53:21 466thHistorian Changes to caption

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 September 2015 18:52:46 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom