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Arden Dean Mills

Military

Arden Mills had completed 25 missions before he flew as Co-Pilot on B-24 Serial 42-95248 on the 8 January 1945 mission to bomb communications centers in Germany. He was seriously wounded when the Liberator was forced to crash land at Shipdham due to battle damage. Mills was found hanging out of the cockpit with his legs trapped under the twisted rudder pedals. He was extricated having suffered two broken legs and multiple lacerations.

Service

People

  • Gordon Cuneo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Gordon Cuneo was a student at the University of California when he enlisted in February 1943. He was Navigator on the Harry W. Taylor Crew #552. He was on board the battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" which was forced to crash land at Shipdham...

  • Jerome Krzewinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Lauren Sanborn

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Lauren "Sandy" Sanborn was born March 31, 1925 in Concord, NH. He left High School to join the Army Air Corps at age 17. After training, he was sent overseas and was assigned to the 466th Bomb Group/785th Bomb Squadron. He was on board the battle...

  • Harry Siders

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Harry Siders was a Waist Gunner in the 466th Bomb Group/785th Bomb Squadron. He was on board the battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" which was forced to crash land at Shipdham on return from the 8 January 1945 mission to bomb communications...

  • Harry Taylor

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Harry Taylor was a Pilot in the 466th Bomb Group/785th Bomb Squadron. A veteran of many missions, he was seriously injured when he was forced to crash land his battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" at Shipdham on return from the 8 January 1945...

  • Byron Wertz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    T/Sgt Byron L. Wertz served with the 785th Bombardment Squadron of the 466th Heavy Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force, and was stationed at Attlebridge Airfield near Norfolk England. He was Flight Engineer and Turret Gunner on a B-24 Liberator known as ...

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Units served with

  • 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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 787

    8 January 1945

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hudson, OH, USA 12 June 1917
Lived in Cleveland, OH, USA 1942

3487 Bainbridge Road

Enlisted Cleveland, OH, USA 2 February 1943

as a Private in the Air Corps

Crashed - Wounded In Action Shipdham, Norfolk, UK 8 January 1945

Mills was seriously injured when his a/c, B-24H #42-95248 "Black Cat" was forced to crash land at Shipdham due to battle damage.

Died Solon, OH, USA 13 April 1999
Buried Hudson, OH, USA 17 April 1999

Markillie Cemetery
Hudson
Summit County
Ohio, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2019 10:21:36 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 23:09:20 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Historian
findagrave.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:55 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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 & Brassfield, page 348

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