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Roland James Stewart




  • James Van Ginkel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    35 bombing missions in Germany: 1944 - 5 Sept Karlsruhe; 9 Sept Mainz; 9 Oct Koblenz; 12 Oct Osnabruck; 18 Oct Cologne; 19 Oct Mainz; 26 Oct Bottrop; 30 Oct Hamburg; 1 Nov Gelsenkirchen; 5 Nov Karlsruhe; 9 Nov Saarburcken; 29 Nov Bielefield; 26 Nov...

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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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron

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 Calgary, AB, Canada 4 September 1923
Based Attlebridge 5 September 1944 – 22 March 1945

466th BG Tour

Died Bend, OR, USA 23 October 2013

Roland James Stewart was born April 4, 1923 to James and Erma McCormick Stewart of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They moved to Oregon when he was 6 months old.

Roland flew 35 missions as a waist gunner aboard a B24 in WWII and returned to marry Velna Williams in 1945. After attending Seattle Pacific University and Asbury Theological Seminary, he followed his father into full time service to the Free Methodist Church of Oregon for 34 years. After his retirement in 1988 he enjoyed physical fitness, traveling, woodworking and continuing to serve his Lord through personal relationships with the many friends he had made throughout his ministry and the new friends he met everywhere he went. He also served as chaplain of the Oregon Eighth Air Force Historical Society from 2000 until his death.

He went from this life to more abundant life on October 23 after a brief but fierce battle with lymphoma. He is survived by his wife Velna of Bend, OR, one sister, Grace Bates of Warm Beach, WA, two daughters Carol (Larry) Goerz of Culver, OR, Linda Stewart-Jones of Bend, OR; three grandchildren, Staci Crouch of Seattle, WA, Elise (Matthew) Sizer of Shoreline, WA, James Stewart-Jones of Portland, OR; two great-grandchildren, Jackson Crouch and Mason Sizer and many other nieces and nephews.

Buried Portland, OR, USA November 2013

Willamette National Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA


Date Contributor Update
03 January 2015 05:40:21 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:25 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