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Crew #581/497
Robert Bluford Crew
466th BG - 785th & 784th Bomb Squadrons
B-24M-10-FO #44-50699 "Parson's Chariot" Code: T9-P

Standing Left to Right: Robert J. Lynch (N), Stedman (B), William A. Flesher (CP), Robert Bluford (P)

Kneeling Left to Right: Newman (TG), Bon J. Mackowiak (R/O), unidentified person, Newman? (NG), Thomas H. Allison (WG), Rhodes (FE)

The crew completed 15 missions before hostilities ended; 13 with the 785th BS and two with the 784th BS as a lead crew



  • 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
  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • Thomas Allison

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

  • Robert Bluford

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    The Rev. Robert Bluford Jr. has been a B-24 bomber pilot in World War II, preacher, historian, preservationist, a Presbyterian pastor and campus ministry director in the Southeast, and the Virginia Press Association’s Virginian of the Year for 2011. He...

  • William Flesher

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Flew missions over Bielefeld Bridge,Regensburg and Osnabruck

  • Robert Lynch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Ben Mackowiak

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator



  • 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 01:27:02 466thHistorian Changes to collection

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
02 October 2015 00:25:36 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
01 October 2015 23:55:12 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom