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Melvin C Smith


24 June 1943, B17 41-9174 was on a navigational test flight when problems developed on takeoff. Listed with 11th CCRC/ 326th BS



  • Richard Foster

    Military | Captain | Pilot -- Squadron Operations Officer | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 combat missions with the 466th BG - 786th BS Then served as Squadron Operatons Officer for the 786th BS May have also flow missions with the 25th BG(R)

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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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-9174

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered 29BG MacDill 7/5/42; Assigned 340BS/97BG Polebrook 6/42; transferred 326BS/92BG Bovingdon 9/42; transferred 326BS/11CCRC 1/43; crashed on take off from Bovingdon on navigation exercise 24/6/43; with Jim Buford, Co-pilot: Jack Berry, Navigator...

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...


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14 December 2018 21:48:30 daba82 Changes to service number

AAF Record Transcription Project

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2017 18:32:51 Al_Skiff Changes to aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 03:16:59 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:01 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 351, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 161