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
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 | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
Military | Colonel | Commander - 466th Bomb Group
Between 31 March 1942 and 1 February 1943, Pierce was promoted 4 times, from 1LT to full Colonel.
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
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.
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...