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Paul Shannon Evans


DFC w 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
Also served in Korea and Vietnam. Retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel.



  • David Cahill

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jerry Cappellini

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joe Columbo

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Gillespie

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jim Kazakus

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Leon Lascor

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Bill Moore

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Walter Schutt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Pilotage Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions. 23 December 1944 Dahlhem. August 1944 over France. On 1st mission, pilot landed with all 4 engines out. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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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



  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

  • 576

    26 August 1944

  • 590

    30 August 1944
    End of Operation Overlord. ...

  • 665

    5 October 1944

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

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 24 July 1916
Lived in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY, USA 1942

32-36 79th Street

1st Combat Mission Woodbridge, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK 11 August 1944

"We had the usual close calls in our missions, the first, in my mind, being the worst. We, not being fully acclimated, had straggled a bit, and so we were quickly targeted. Flak hit us several times, primarily hitting #3 and #4 engines. We were immediately crippled of course, so started for a large RAF emergency field on the coast, just over the channel. As we lost altitude over the Channel, Red Evans (Pilot) called over the intercom: "Fellas it's now just like the movies, this is the time we start throwing things overboard." And we did! One of the two remaining engines gave out over the Channel, we clipped off the tops of a few trees on the English side. We saw the field, almost down for it, the last engine gave out, and as we were approaching a Nissen hut, Red nosed the plane over to stop it. I had previously hand cranked down the main gear, but there had been no time to get the nose wheel down. Well you would haver have seen 10 men jump out of an airplane faster and scramble to the fields edge. Luckily no one was hurt and after a few days rest, we went at it again." - Walter E. Schutt

Died Homosassa, Florida 5 March 2003
Buried Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida 9 March 2003

Florida National Cemetery
Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA Add to Map
Sec 1B ROW 3B, Site 13


Date Contributor Update
01 February 2019 21:20:05 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank

466th BG Historian

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01 February 2019 21:14:07 466thHistorian Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2016 01:53:53 466thHistorian Changes to events

Letter from Walter Schutt to Chris Brassfield - 26 November 1999

Date Contributor Update
20 October 2015 19:36:13 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

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18 December 2014 02:35:55 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, awards, events and place associations

466th BG Historian

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27 September 2014 18:21:18 AAM AAM ingest

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