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James Oakley Bates




  • Arthur Kraft

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    First 466th BG pilot to complete 30 missions.

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Units served with

  • 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


  • 42-52597 Lady Lightning

    B-24 Liberator
    Our pilot (Arthur Kraft) picked the plane up at the Willow Run factory and had to sign a $50,000 voucher. We were a new group. In February 1944 we took off from West Palm Beach, FL, stopped in Trinidad and then on to Belem, Brazil. From there we went...


  • 8th Air Force FO 277 BOMBER ESCORT

    22 March 1944
    A combined force of 540 fighters of types: P-38; P-47 and P-51 are despatched to escort heave bombers attacking ad Berlin and surrounding areas. 275 of these aircraft are contributed by IX Fighter Command units. Despatch summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 282

    27 March 1944
    This mission might be likened to a "shotgun blast" as a combined force 714 heavy bombers are despatched form all three Air Divisions to attack 11 different German airfields and air depots in France. Mission summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 291

    8 April 1944

  • 306A

    18 April 1944
    The handwritten log of my father, Horace O. "Hank" Turner, states this.. "Started to raid Berlin, bad weather and we bombed Brandenberg. formation bad and flak terrific." He had marked it with an "x", which he noted meant that "Our plane was hit by...

  • 308A

    19 April 1944

  • 309

    20 April 1944

  • 315

    24 April 1944

  • 319A

    26 April 1944

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Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born 19 March 1922
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich NR9, UK 22 March 1944 – 12 June 1944

30 missions

Died Sandy, OR 97055, USA 14 November 2003
Buried Portland, OR, USA 17 November 2003

Willamette National Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Section COL-3 ROW 293 Site D


Date Contributor Update
17 September 2016 01:33:23 466thHistorian Changes to mission associations

466th BG Archives - John O. Bates Certificate of Valor

Date Contributor Update
17 September 2016 01:16:22 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, awards and events

466th BG Archives - James O. Bates Certificate of Valor

Date Contributor Update
08 January 2015 04:17:52 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:13:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book 'Attlebridge Arsenal' by Wassom & Brassford, page 343