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Lester J Nichoson

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People

  • Richard Baynes

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    35 missions. 6 gas hauling missions flying gas to Patton's army. Author of Replacement Crew in library. Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

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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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • 466

    11 July 1944
    More than 1000 planes bombed Munich. Flak cut our control cables to elevators and rudder. Flew back by wing trim tabs. Shippy spliced cables before landing. Nine hour ride. Flak hit Sgt Rollinger's oxygen mask and injured his nose and eyes.

  • 468

    12 July 1944

  • 471

    13 July 1944

  • 478

    17 July 1944
    Took off at suppertime and missed the target by at least 40 miles. Flak was extremely close. Minor damage.

  • 481

    18 July 1944
    Flew an easy one over Denmark to Germany. Only had one hours sleep between yesterday and today.

  • 8th Air Force 482

    19 July 1944
    Schweinfurt, Germany ball bearing plant was the target. Hit by flak and fell behind formation at 8:45 am above Aachen, Germany and crashed at Haren, Belgium at 10:06 am in the air district.

  • 484

    20 July 1944
    A rough one. Bombed an oil refinery near Leipzeig. Flak put several holes in the plane; ine in number 3 gas tank. Came back on 3 engines.

  • 492

    24 July 1944
    Bombed enemy troop concentrations and thus assisted the Allied breakthrough at St. Lo. About 1500 planes of US went to St. Lo in Cherbourg. We came back with our bombs. Couldn't find the target.

  • 501

    28 July 1944

  • 503

    29 July 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Toledo, Ohio 30 May 1924
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge Airfield, UK 11 July 1944 – 1 November 1944

Completed a 35 mission combat tour

Died Toledo, Ohio 25 May 1976
Buried Pemberville, Ohio 28 May 1976

Fish Cemetery
Pemberville, Wood Co., Ohio
USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 January 2019 21:04:35 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60525&h=1219774...
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom
page 42-43

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2019 11:32:23 general ira snapsorter Changes to middlename, events, mission associations and media associations
Sources

Missions added courtesy of Ronald Nichoson, son of Lester, via Jerry Everson

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2015 19:16:01 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:49 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 DIARY by Wassom & Brassfield, page 349

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