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William B Pennington


Retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel


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



  • 545

    12 August 1944

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 669

    7 October 1944

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 702

    5 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 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 Topeka, KS, USA 1 November 1922
466th BG Combat Tour RAF Attlebridge 24 July 1944 – 21 January 1945
Died Joplin, MO, USA 9 December 2011

Col. William 'Bill" Pennington USAF RET passed away at 4;54 a.m. Friday December 9, 2011 at Freeman West Hospital.

Col. Pennington was born November 1, 1922 in Topeka, Kansas. to the late Jessie Pennington and Lucille Campbell Pennington. He had lived in Joplin the past seven years, moving from Colorado Springs Colorado, where he made his home for 40 years.

Col. Pennington served 27 years active duty with the United States Air Force. He flew different styles of aircraft in three different wars- World War 11' Korea and the Vietnam War. He was also a 30 year veteran of the Air Force Reserves.

Following his retirement Bill was CEO for Western Horseman Magazine in Colorado Springs Colorado. Bill was a member of the Military Officers Association; the Quiet Birdmen Association and the American Legion.

Buried Webb City, MO, USA 12 December 2011

Mount Hope Cemetery
Webb City
Jasper County
Missouri, USA


Date Contributor Update
21 April 2020 02:40:24 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission No 137 Karlsruhe, Germany - 5 November 1944
NARA research by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 03:52:51 466thHistorian Changes to events and aircraft associations

466th BG Formation Plan 19 October 1944 - NARA

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2016 04:11:38 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:43 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 DIARY by Wassom & Brassfield, page 349