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Merrill G Bradlee


35 Missions, some easy, some tough. Never hit by fighters, usually took some flak. No one on crew wounded or killed.

AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ ETO w/ 4 Battle Stars



  • James Carter

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 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...

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  • 44-40067 Big Fat Mama

    B-24 Liberator
    44-40067 "Big Fat Mama". Original aircraft for the 856th BS, 492nd BG. ...

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 Boston, Massachusetts 17 August 1921
Combat Mission Hallendorf, 38229 Salzgitter, Germany 14 January 1945

The worst mission might have been to bomb the Herman Goering Steel Works at Hallendorf. Heavy barrage flak. Our #1 engine was knocked out. Gas lines were cut. The electrical system went out. About 25 hits on the plane in total. We had to drop out of formation and come home alone.

Combat Mission Peine, Germany 22 February 1945

Our 29th mission marked a first for us. We bombed the marshaling yards at Peine. We flew in at 18,000 feet, but dropped down to 9,000 feet to bomb the target. Saw one ship in the 458th BG lose it's entire left wing and spin in. No one got out.

Lived in Palm Harbor, FL, USA 2004


Date Contributor Update
13 November 2015 01:40:55 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Letter from Merrill Bradlee to Earl Wassom 13 February 2004

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2014 15:22:33 466thHistorian Changes to role

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:06 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self