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Ernest L Akens


Shot down 11 May 1944 in B-24 #41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice', Killed in Action (KIA).



  • John MacDonald

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 11-May-44 in B-24 41-28664 'Merchant Of Venice'. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM (2OLC), PH.

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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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28664 Merchant of Venice

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Flew on 466BG's first mission. Failed to Return (FTR)mission to Epinal. A/C seen with one engine feathered and another smoking, radio message received that pilot was heading for Switzerland. Not seen again. 11 x KIA...


  • 351

    11 May 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 Warren, Arkansas
Killed in Action (KIA) France 11 May 1944

After being damaged by flak, Akens a/c headed for Switzerland, but never made it. He is still missing.


Commemorated on the Tablets of the Missing


Date Contributor Update
14 October 2021 18:11:09 jmoore43 Changes to biography

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

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2016 00:24:40 466thHistorian Changes to firstname

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 September 2015 03:26:16 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
15 May 2015 14:44:27 Lucy May Changes to service number, biography, awards, events and aircraft associations

Combined two entries for Earnest L Akens. Now includes information from the following sources:
MACR 4802 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

ABMC record:

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:03 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4802