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Stephen Fecho

Military

Service

People

  • Robert Johnson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 373

    27 May 1944

  • 379

    29 May 1944
    Mission #2. The target was an aircraft assembly plant. Flak was exceedingly heavy. We were in the air 7-1/2 hours.

  • 380

    30 May 1944
    Mission #3. Same target as before. A piece of flak broke the pilots windshield. No-one hurt.

  • 384

    2 June 1944
    Operations on this day were specified for D minus 3 by the Overall Air Plan as modified by Headquarters A.E.A.F. All objectives were located in the Pas de Calais (Fortitude) area, the attacks having as their purpose deception of the enemy as to the...

  • 388

    3 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

  • 405

    11 June 1944
    Flew a sortie flight to the French Coast at 24,000 feet. 8th Combat Flight. No flak.

  • 414

    15 June 1944

  • 421

    18 June 1944

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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...

  • Cluntoe

    Military site : airfield
    Cluntoe was built for the RAF in 1940-42, before being handed obver to the Eighth Air Force. It was used as a Combat Crew Replacement Centre for the training of crews, and was also home to the 311th Ferrying Squadron. It was closed after being handed...

  • Valley

    Military site : airfield
    USAAF Air Transport Command Ferry Terminal and Movement Section from 1943-45.

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mahanoy, PA 27 July 1921
Lived in Brooklyn, NY February 1942

119 Bedford Avenue

Enlisted New York, NY 24 October 1942
Transit to ETO via Southern Route Losey Army Air Field, Pastillito, PR 10 April 1944

Flew from West Palm Beach to Puerto Rico.
6 hours, 15 minutes
9000 ft.

Transit to ETO via Southern Route Atkinson Field, British Guiana (now Guyana) 11 April 1944

Flew to Atkinson Field
7 hours
8000 feet

Transit to ETO via Southern Route Belem, Brazil 12 April 1944

Flew to Belem, Brazil
7 hours (2 spent circling as field was closed in)
2000 to 10000 feet

Transit to ETO via Southern Route Fortaleza, Brazil 13 April 1944

Flew to Fortaleza, Brazil
5 hours
2000-8000 feet

Transit to ETO via Southern Route Dakar, French West Africa (now Senegal) 17 April 1944

Flew across the Atlantic Ocean to Dakar
12 hours, 20 minutes
5000 feet

Transit to ETO via Southern Route Marrakesh, Morroco 18 April 1944

Flew to Marrakesh
6 hours
6000-12000 feet

Transit to the ETO via the Southern Route RAF Valley, Wales 21 April 1944

Landed at RAF Valley from Marrakesh, Morroco.
11 hours flight time
A/C that they picked up new in Topeka, KS, #42-95466, was taken from them.

Transit by Train Stone, England 22 April 1944

Train from Anglesley to Stone, England

Transit by Train Stranaer, Scotland 27 April 1944

Trained from Stone to Stranaer

Combat Crew Training RAF Cluntoe, Northern Ireland 28 April 1944 – 7 May 1944

No.4 Combat Crew Replacement Center

Transit by Ferry Larne, Northern Ireland 28 April 1944

Took a ferry to Larne, then a train to RAF Cluntoe

Assigned to the 466th bG RAF Attlebridge 16 May 1944
466th BG Combat Tour RAF Attlebridge 27 May 1944 – 25 August 1944

Completed a 31 mission tour

1st Combat Mission Nuenkirchen, Germany 27 May 1944

1st mission. 52x100 lbs bombs. Target - Railroad yards. Altitude - 23,000 ft. Lost oil on #3 engine, feathered it and went back to England. Dropped the bombs on an airfield in France. Escorted back by P-47's. No fighters and little flak.
6 hours, 30 minutes

2nd Combat Mission Tutow Airfield, Germany 29 May 1944

10x500 lbs bombs. Target - Airfield. Altitude: 20,000 feet
Fighters attacked the group behind us. We shot at them but they were too far away. Flak was very thick and accurate. We received 8 holes in our plane.
8 hours, 30 minutes

6th Combat Mission Avranches, France 6 June 1944

12x500 lbs bombs. Altitude: 15,000 feet. Weather: Heavy white clouds. We took off at 3 am in a light rain. It was dark and pretty rough flying with so many planes in the air. It seemed as if everything that could fly was up today. When we hit the Channel, the sun broke through and down below we could see boats of every kind, all over the Channel. We could see cannons fire from shore and ships firing. I never saw so many planes in the air as I saw today. No fighters, moderate flak.
6 hours

8th Combat Mission Beauvais, France 11 June 1944

20x250 lbs bombs. Target: airfield at Beauvais. Altitude: 20,000 ft. Three bombs failed to release. We decided to safety them, but two of them fell out, taking the bomb bay doors with them. The other snagged on a cable and was hanging by it's nose, so we went over the North Sea and Tony cut it loose using a fingernail file and knife.
5 hours, 10 minutes

9th Combat Mission Guyancourt, France 15 June 1944

12x500 lbs bombs
Target: Airfield near Versailles
Altitude: 23,000 feet
I got a glimpse or Paris in the distance. Lots of flak. The crew in our barracks went down. I hope they got out okay (Historians note: This must have been the Bates Crew who had lost an engine over the target. They were able to land at a "muddy fighter strip south of Crepon" which was an RAF base about 3 miles from the front. The crew returned to England on a US Navy LST.) In the evening we received our Air Medal at the Aero-Club. They had a dance and the girls pinned them on. We kissed them while they took our pictures.

11th Combat Mission Gorenflos, France 19 June 1944

20x250 lbs bombs
Target: Robot plane installatons near Abbeville, France
Altitude: 21,000 feet
The crew in our hut was classified MIA. We found out we were promoted as of the 15th of June. I made Technical Sergeant as of 10 p.m. The crew from our hut came walking in. They had landed on an Allied held airfield. They were dressed in Navy fatigues that they got from a crew on an LST boat. No one was hurt. We were sure glad to see them!
5 hours, 10 minutes

15th Combat Mission Lens, France 25 June 1944

40x100 lbs bombs
Target: Robot plane installations
Altitude:25,000 feet
Clouds were thick and high over England. Nobody seemed to be able to get into formation. Most did not get into formation until over France. Planes from 5 different groups mixed in with us. Flak was thick but inaccurate.
4 Hours, 50 minutes

16th Combat Mission Saarbrucken, Germany 28 June 1944

20x250 lbs bombs
Target: marshalling yards
Altitude: 23,000
Lots of flak, pretty accurate. Fighters attacked the group behind us. Our #2, #3 and #4 were running rough and throwing oil. After we left the target we had to feather #3 engine as the governor went out of control and it was throwing a lot of oil. We couldn't keep up with the formation and headed home by ourselves. We were happy to see P-38's escorting us. We were "in" six countries today: England, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany.

17th Combat Mission Aschersleben, Germany 29 June 1944

52x100 lbs bombs
Target: Airplane Factory
Altitude: 25,000 ft
High clouds, but clear over target. We couldn't find our formation so we hooked up with another group that was made up of aircraft from different groups. Everybody did a good job. Today I saw our bombs hit the roof of the factory. When we got back we found out that 19 ships didn't go on the misson as they said they were recalled.

Practice Misson RAF Attlebridge 4 July 1944

It rained all morning (it has been raining since our last mission on June 29). The sun came out in the afternoon so they sent us on a practice mission.
Time: 3 hours, 40 minutes
We decided to name our plane "Penthouse For Ten" with a picture of an outhouse on top of clouds.

Three Day Pass Hyde Park, London, England 24 July 1944

"Still in London, but we are leaving tonight. Me and Tony Malorni went to Hyde Park. We were there about 10 minutes when we heard the drone of a buzz bomb. We looked up and saw it diving. We quickly jumped behind a big tree. The bomb hit over 100 yards away and the blast was terrific. It killed 3 and injured 3 other people. For blocks around, windows were broken. That was a little too close for me!

Test Hop RAF Attlebridge 27 July 1944

"Test Hopped our plane. Just the pilot and four of us gunners. I acted as co-pilot"
1 hour, 30 minutes

27th Combat Mission Rostock, Germany 4 August 1944

52x100 lbs. bombs
Target: Aircraft factory
Altitude: 21,000 feet
Flak was moderate but very accurate. Fighters off to the side, but they didn't attack us.
7 hours, 30 minutes

Three Day Pass Norwich, England 9 August 1944 – 11 August 1944

Got a three day pass and went to Norwich. Our group went to Saarbrucken and were hit by a lot of flak. We lost two planes and several other wounded. One of the planes that went down was our plane (#42-95268 "Penthouse For Ten" with the Harry McGregor Crew). Too bad. She was a good ship.

100th Mission Party RAF Attlebridge 18 August 1944

Today we had our 100th mission party. Glenn Miller and Band played

31st Combat Mission Lubeck, Germany 25 August 1944

10 Incendiary bomb clusters
Altitude: 25,000 ft
Flak, barrage type, over target and Denmark Peninsula. When we landed we found out we were FINISHED!

Headed Home Glasgow, Scotland 18 September 1944

We boarded the Rotterdam at Glasgow, Scotland and were homeward bound. Arriving at pier on 43rd street in Manhattan.

Died Reading, PA 14 May 2007
Buried Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA 18 May 2007

Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 23:56:46 466thHistorian Changes to events, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Stephen Feco Diary

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 15:22:49 466thHistorian Changes to awards
Sources

466th BG Archives - Diary of Stephen Fecho

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 15:20:10 466thHistorian Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Diary of Stephen Fecho

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 01:49:26 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Archives - Stephen Feco Diaries

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2020 01:23:51 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/2238/images/44027_05_00...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19635790/stephen-fecho

466th BG Archives - Stephen Fecho Diary

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:23 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / age 264 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co, 1998 edition

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