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Crew #642
Gerald L. Behrens Crew
466th BG - 786th BS
B-24J-1-FO #42-95617 "Jennie" Code: T9-I (784th BS)

Standing Left to Right: Gerald Behrens (P), unknown (CP), Michael Cambon (N), Franklin Smith (B)

Kneeling Left to RightL Walter G. Frederick (NG), Walter C. Kamanski (BTG), James T. Moser (FE), Patrick J. Connolly (R/O), Homer Mellas (TG), Lewis Mixner (WG)

This crew flew it's first 10 missions as the James Ritter Crew. Behrens, the original co-pilot took over from there and it became the Gerald Behrens Crew with a replacelment co-pilot. The crew completed a 30 mission tour.



  • 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • Gerald Behrens

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot

  • Michael Cambon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Patrick Connolly

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

  • Walter Kaminski

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

  • Homer Mellas

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

  • Lewis Mixner

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

  • James Moser

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

  • Franklin Smith

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Bombardier
    Retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving in with USAAF in WW2, 45th Infantry in Korea, Oklahoma National Guard and assigned to 1st Army at Fort George Meade during the Viet Nam War. Worked as a teacher in Oklahoma and Maryland when...



  • 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
14 June 2019 20:25:27 466thHistorian Changes to collection

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 19:27:22 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

466th BG HIstorian

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 19:26:37 466thHistorian Changes to collection

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 18:00:23 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom