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Crew of unknown aircraft of the 466/786.

This is an interesting photo. First these men didn't go into combat as a crew. Of the officers in the front row:

1LT Eugene Drebert was the navigator on Crew #566 - Bigby Parrott Crew
1LT (later MAJ) Ralph Bryant was the squadron operations officer of the 786th BS - He was KIA 29 April 1944
CPT (later LTCOL) Edward Anastasio was the 786th BS Commander
1LT (later Captain) Huggard was the 786th BS Squadron Bombardier

Three of the enlisted men (Holly, Hodson and Hall) are all from the J.B. Warren Crew - Crew #601
The photo appears to have been taken stateside during training. Maybe this was going to be a crew and then Bryant and Anastasio were promoted. The out of place person is Drebert. He didn't appear to start flying missions with the 466th BG until 5 months after Bryant was KIA.

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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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Edward Anastasio

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander - Command Pilot
    786th Bomb Squadron Commander Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel

  • Ralph Bryant

    Military | Captain | 786th Bomb Squadron Operations Officer - Command Pilot
    Shot down 29 April 1944 in B-24 41-28764. Plane ditched in North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Eugene Drebert

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator/Squadron Navigator

  • Earl Grimm

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner
    Earl Grimm served as a tail gunner with the 786th Bomb Squadron of the 466th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Attlebridge, England.

  • Emerson Hall

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

  • Robert Hodson

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

  • Milton Holly

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

  • Peter Huggard

    Military | Captain | Squadron Bombardier

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
22 November 2017 00:15:20 466thHistorian Changes to caption
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
28 December 2014 04:33:09 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2014 08:13:01 466thHistorian Changes to caption and person associations
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466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2014 01:04:26 mvandemark Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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Aircrew photo I found in my grandfather's photos. My grandfather is SSgt Grimm, top row 2nd from left.

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