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Erwin H. Sorensen Crew
Crew #674 & #489
466th BG
786th and 784th BS

Standing Left to Right: Erwin H. Sorensen (P), Joseph Goldman (CP), Ned Whitman (B), Donald J. Doll (N)

Kneeling Left to Right: Norman Bastoky (G), Chester Havrick (R/O), Vohn D. Schmidt (G), Phillip J. Krystyniak (FE), Merrill Lee (G), Carl D. Peterson (G)

Ned Whitman left the crew before they joined the 466th BG.

This crew flew eight missions with the786th BS and then 12 missions as a lead crew with the 784th BS before hostilities ended.

Connections

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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
  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Norman Bastoky

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner
    Assigned to 784BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 20 x combat missions, including twelve as part of a lead crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Donald Doll

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Assigned 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 20 x combat missions, including 12 as a lead crew with 784BS. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Stars).

  • Joseph Goldman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Assigned to 784BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 20 x combat missions, including twelve as part of a lead crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Chester Havrick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Assigned to 784BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 20 x combat missions, including twelve as part of a lead crew. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Philip Krystyniak

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner
    Assigned 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 20 x combat missions, including 12 as a lead crew with 784BS. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Stars).

  • Merrill Lee

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Nose Gunner
    Assigned 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 20 x combat missions, including twelve as a lead crew with 784BS. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Stars).

  • Carl Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer; Tail Gunner
    Assigned 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 20 x combat missions, including twelve as a lead crew with 784BS. Awards: AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Vohn Schmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    Assigned 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 20 x combat missions, including 12 as a lead crew with 784BS. Awards: AM (2OLC, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).

  • Erwin Sorensen

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Assigned 786BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew 20 x combat missions, including 12 as a lead crew with 784BS. Awards: DFC, AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Ned Whitman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot
    Trained with the Erwin H. Sorensen crew. Ned Whitman left the crew before they joined the 466th BG.

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 November 2015 23:38:15 jnbastoky Changes to caption
Sources

Corrected "Norman Bastaky" to "Norman Bastoky". This is my grandfather. I have a copy of this photo with signatures on the back.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 04:08:48 466thHistorian Changes to collection and caption
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 14:57:11 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

Chris Brassfield

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