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.
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 | Lieutenant Colonel | Squadron Commander - Command Pilot
786th Bomb Squadron Commander
Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel
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).
Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator/Squadron Navigator
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.
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer
Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner
Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
Military | Captain | Squadron Bombardier
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...