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Samuel E Estes


Killed in Action (KIA) from anoxia

Killed by loss of oxygen while on a mission over Germany



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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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 785th Bomb Squadron



  • 736

    4 December 1944

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 Logan, OK 73848, USA 24 June 1923
Mission Mainz, Germany 9 September 1944

"We went to Mainz, Germany today. Hit another marshaling yard. Lost #4 engine before the target, but we dropped our bombs. We had to come back by ourselves, at 7000 feet over Germany. That's too damn low for comfort. Fighters escorted us and we were an hour late getting back. They thought we were missing, but we are like a bad penny. We always come back. Flak just missed Bill Kummerer's head by a little today" - Sam Estes

Died Bebra, Germany 4 December 1944

Died of Anoxia due to a loss of oxygen to the tail gunners position. It was his 22nd combat mission.

Buried Stroud, OK, USA 1948

Stroud Cemetery
Lincoln County
Oklahoma, USA


Date Contributor Update
30 August 2015 02:27:24 466thHistorian Changes to events

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 02:49:19 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
10 August 2015 02:48:02 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, highest rank, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:58 AAM AAM ingest

466th Unit History Book / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia