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William H Rye


Shot down by fighters and crashed at Gelderingen on 8/15/44 in B-24 'Ramblin Wreck' #41-28932, Prisoner of War (POW).




  • Robert Harrington

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Bob Harrington piloted the B-24 "Troublemaker" (#42-95067), stationed at Attlebridge in the summer of 1944. After nine missions with Troublemaker, on August 15, 1944 he was called up to fly an unfamiliar aircraft, Ramblin' Wreck (#41-28932), with a...

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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


  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

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 Arkansas, USA 24 March 1921
Lived in Butler County, OH, USA 1942
Enlisted Cincinnati, OH, USA 28 December 1942
Shot Down/Captured Gelderingen, 8341 Steenwijkerwold, Netherlands 15 August 1944
Died Trenton, OH, USA 5 January 2012
Buried Trenton, OH, USA 8 January 2012

Butler County Memorial Park


Date Contributor Update
28 July 2021 21:53:56 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 18:15:31 466thHistorian Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
05 July 2016 18:11:52 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8430 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database