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Awards ceremony at Attlebridge, circa May 1944

Left to Right: Vito Calderalo (TG), Julian R. Thompson (FE), Claude Meconis (CP), Arthur Pierce (back to camera, 466CO), unidentified, unidentified, Joseph W. Tikey (P)

Caldero, Thompson, and Meconis were all on the Malcolm Dike Crew - Crew #504. Tikey was pilot of Crew #509



  • 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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • Vito Calderalo

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

  • Claude Meconis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Arthur Pierce

    Military | Colonel | Commander - 466th Bomb Group
    Between 31 March 1942 and 1 February 1943, Pierce was promoted 4 times, from 1LT to full Colonel. ...

  • Julian Thompson

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

  • Joseph Tikey

    Military | Major | Pilot
    Favorite aircraft was "Slick Chick" as his crew had named her. She would go on to be the longest serving 466th BG aircraft. Completed 30 missions: Three as Squadron Lead, Seven as Group Lead, Nine as Wing Lead and two as Division Lead.


  • 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
10 November 2015 02:40:41 466thHistorian Changes to caption

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
10 November 2015 02:39:35 466thHistorian Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian