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Ralph Irving Fine


Born Mpls, MN USA 1920. Ralph initially served as a flight mechanic at Patterson Field, applied for pilot training and received his wings at Ellington Field, TX. Ralph served as copilot and pilot in the 466th Bomb Group, 787th SQDN. Second Division, Norwich, England, (Attlebridge). In Europe he flew 22 missions on the B-24 liberator, the "Earthquake McGoon" and additional missions to the war’s end in Europe on the B-24, the "Carioca-Bev"- the plane which he flew back to the US when the war ended in Europe. Ralph hand painted the picture on this plane's nose of his future wife Beverlee Rockler (Fine) alongside the cartoon image of Disney's Joe Carioca. Five sons were born to Ralph and Beverlee after the war. Ralph, a longtime USAF reservist, retired from the service as a Major. For more details, read book: "Carioca-Bev" on His younger brother Lt. Col. Paul B. Fine, an Eighth Air Force navigator, received the DFC.



  • David Bercaw

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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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 Minneapolis, MN, USA 8 December 1920
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN, USA 29 January 1943

Was a student at the University of Minnesota at time of enlistment/
148 lbs.

466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, UK 28 January 1945 – 25 April 1945

Completed 22 combat missions before hostilities ended

Died Minneapolis, MN, USA 20 March 1995
Buried Richfield, MN, USA 24 March 1995

United Hebrew Brotherhood Cemetery
Richfield, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2019 21:50:04 cariocabev Changes to highest rank, role and biography

Ret Capt. Gary FIne USAF DC

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03 June 2018 00:00:25 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
"Attlebridge Arsenal" - Brassfield & Wassom, page 333
466th BG Archives - List of officers present at Attlebridge 10 May 1945

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10 May 2018 21:57:04 cariocabev Changes to person associations and place associations

Capt Gary M Fine USAF

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10 May 2018 21:43:28 cariocabev Changes to biography

Capt Gary M Fine USAF, Ralph and Beverlee's son

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05 March 2018 09:55:37 Lucy May Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

Added connections and event from existing information in record.

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2018 02:41:34 cariocabev Changes to firstname and biography

Ralph served in 466th as copilot on 2 different b24 liberators- carioca bev and earthquake magoon

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05 March 2018 02:34:11 cariocabev Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nickname, nationality, highest rank and role

carioca bev and earthquake magoon USAF 8th 466th