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James B Heffernan


Heffernan was part of Carl Falk's crew, who were the last crew to be assigned to the 466th Bomb Group who saw combat.

From 17 April 1945- 25 April 1945, he completed four missions on B-24 Liberator (serial number 44-40454) nicknamed "Betta Duck". He and his crew later flew the aircraft back to the US in June 1945.



  • Billie Arnold

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Timothy Dwyer

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Carl Falk

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    One of the last crews assigned to the 785th BG to see combat. Completed four combat missions before hostilities ended.

  • James Heffernan

    Military | Corporal | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Heffernan was part of Carl Falk's crew, who were the last crew to be assigned to the 466th Bomb Group who saw combat. ...

  • Ramon Manuz

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Henry Schuette

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Houston Smith

    Military | Corporal (5th Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron


  • 44-40454 Betta Duck

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 493rd Bomb Group. Transferred to the 34th Bomb Group in early June 1944 and completed missoins from 12 June 1944 to 24 August 1944. Later transferred to the 466th Bomb Group, and eventually flown back to the US by Carl W Falk...


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
Based Attlebridge April 1945 – June 1945


Date Contributor Update
06 January 2020 15:43:52 Emily Changes to biography and events

Attlebridge Arsenal, p 85 written by Chris Brassfield, aka user 466thHistorian

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2015 21:09:57 466thHistorian Changes to surname, service number, highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations, place associations and media associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:08 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 & Brassfield, page 346