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Crew #509 & #452
Bill Tikey Crew
466th Bomb Group - 785th and 784th Bomb Squadrons

B-24H-10-DT #41-28743 "Eastern Beast" Code: 2U-H

Standing Left to Right: Joseph William Tikey (P), Richard Smith (CP), Henry Tevelin (N), Francis Spigelmire (B), Bernard Massing (TG)

Kneeling Left to Right: Marlow Jovaag (WG), Ivan Roberts (FE/TT), Franklin Bois (LWG), Boyd Condon (BTG), Frank Simek (R/O)



  • 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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • Franklin Bois

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

  • Boyd Condon

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Marlow Jovaag

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

  • Bernard Massing

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

  • Ivan Roberts

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

  • Frank Simek

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

  • Richard Smith

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Francis Spigelmire

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier

  • Henry Tevelin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Navigator on Crew #509/452. Completed a 30 mission tour. This crew as the last of the original cadre of 466th BG crews to finish their tour.

  • 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.


  • 41-28743 Eastern Beast

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BBG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by 20mm flak direct hit taking out the Oxygen, electrical and hydraulic systems and starting a large fire. Went into dive after leaving the target area of Brunswick 8-May-44. S/Sgt's Carlson and Cannon bailed...


  • 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
17 December 2014 01:01:18 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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