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Joseph Edward Van Dyke




  • David Bridgers

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Richard Garlichs

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Joseph Iurlano

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Served from 6 November 1944 to 10 March 1945. Flew 38 missions, but the crew were only credited with 35. One of the three was recalled after all the aircraft had taken off.

  • Herbert Leopold

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jack Starlin

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Steel

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Andrew Van Slot

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    31 bombing missions, 4 gas hauls for Patton, Battle of the Bulge. Going overseas from Goose Bay, we had ice on the ailerones and went into a spin at 13,500. Pulled out at 3500. The ice finally broke with temp change. We were called back to Goose Bay....

  • Charles Walker

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Dewey Whisenant

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Navigator | 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



  • 667

    6 October 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 Yoakum, TX 77995, USA 19 September 1924
Based Attlebridge 6 October 1944 – 10 March 1945

466th BG Tour

Died Victoria, TX, USA 21 October 2012

VICTORIA - Joseph Edward Van Dyke, 88, of Victoria, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2012. He was born in Yoakum, Texas, on September 19, 1924, to Albert Henry and Ann Eliza Vick Van Dyke.

He graduated from Yoakum High School in 1942 and attended Texas A&I University prior to entering the military service during World War II. He served in the Army Air Corps as an aerial gunner on a B-24 bomber flying out of England. He attained the rank of staff sergeant as an engineer gunner and flew 32 missions over Germany including missions in support of ground troops during the Battle of the Buldge. He was honorably discharged from The Air Corps on July 2, 1945.

In April, 1946, he met the love of his life, Pearl Hazel Willman and they were married on November 3, 1946.

After living in Amarillo and San Antonio, they moved to Victoria, Texas where he was employed as a salesman for Groce-Wearden Company. In 1957 he entered the real estate business as a salesman, and later became a Certified Real Estate Appraiser. He and Hazel opened their own appraisal business in 1967, which they operated until their retirement in 2001.

Joe had many interests including leather tooling, woodworking and extensive travel through the United States, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe. He loved his family, his Country, friends, life, and laughter.

As a member of the North Side Rotary Club for approximately 40 years, he served as president and had more than 32 years of perfect attendance, and was awarded the designation of Paul Harris Fellow.

Buried Victoria, TX, USA 25 October 2012

Memory Gardens
Victoria County
Texas, USA


Date Contributor Update
07 August 2018 10:39:58 general ira snapsorter Changes to events, person associations and aircraft associations

David Bridgers' entry in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p 56

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 03:29:10 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
04 January 2015 03:28:34 466thHistorian Changes to surname, middlename, firstname, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:50 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 ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 331