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Neil M Gobrecht


Flew B-24 in combat in WW 2.
Flew B-29 during the Korean War.
Flew U-10 in combat during the Vietnam War
Retired as a Lt. Colonel.
Was a science teacher for 12 years before retiring.



  • Earl Beitler

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot -- Squadron Operations Officer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Richard Lundberg

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

  • Russell Mason

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Perella

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Originally a member of the Earl H. Beitler Crew (Crew #768), Perella was flying with the Richard Farrington Crew (Crew #487) when he was KIA on 21 April 1945

  • Gale Raymond

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    See Neil Gobrecht's page for list of missions

  • Donald Sargeant

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

  • Edward Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    6 Air Medals/ 3 Battle Stars 8 encounters

  • Wilfred Smith

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 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



  • 689

    26 October 1944

  • 704

    6 November 1944

  • 707

    9 November 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

  • 745

    10 December 1944

  • 746

    11 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

  • 774

    1 January 1945

  • 778

    3 January 1945

  • 789

    10 January 1945

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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 Findlay, OH 45840, USA 5 February 1924
Graduated from Flight School Albany, GA, USA 8 February 1944

Class 44-B

466th BG Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 12 October 1944 – 14 May 1945
16th Mission Orly Airport, 94390 Orly, France 16 January 1945

"Our 12th mission was to Dresden, the longest mission ever for the 466th BG. After 8 hours we were notified over France that our bases in England had gone below landing minimums because of weather and we were to proceed to an alternate field in Scotland. None of our planes had enough fuel to reach Scotland so the Group leader took us all into Orly Field in Paris where we "had" to spend the night in a hotel in the center of Paris. Needless to say most crewmembers in the 466th had a difficult time flying home the next day. A GREAT time was had by all!

Died Poquoson, VA, USA 4 May 2011

POQUOSON - Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Neil M. Gobrecht, 87, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011. He was a native of Findley, Ohio, and attended Ohio State University as a pre-med student prior to enlisting in the Air Force in 1942. He later continued his education and graduated from George Washington University with a B. A. degree. He was a Peninsula resident since 1961. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Sally; a loving son, Dana Neil Gobrecht and wife, Camille; two loving daughters, Karen Fowler and husband, Dick and Kimberly Huskey and husband, Rod; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.Lt. Colonel Gobrecht entered the Air Force in 1943, trained as a pilot and graduated from Turner Field, Albany, Ga., in 1944. He was retained at Turner Field as an instructor pilot for a short time and then reassigned to train as a pilot in a B-24 bomber. He trained with a crew at Westover Field in Massachusetts. After training as a co-pilot he and his crew were assigned to Langley AFB for a short time flying submarine patrol. The crew was then assigned to the Eighth Air Force in England where they flew 35 sorties bombing missions over Germany. After their return to the U.S. the war in Europe ended and he returned to college. He was recalled to active duty in 1953, trained in B-29 bombers and served during the Korean War. During the Vietnam War, he was the commander of the Psychological Warfare unit in the I Corp area, the northernmost part of South Vietnam. During this period he flew 341 missions.During his career, he was a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and was selected to fly in the world's largest airshow held in Paris, at LeBourget, France; flew 18 different airplanes, had a total of 5,000 hours of flying time; flew 376 combat missions; and flew more than 648 hours of combat flying time. He had over 1,500 hours of instruction pilot timeHe was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal with 14 clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with two clusters, the Air Force Meritorious Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the American Defense Service Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, the World War II American Theater Ribbon, European WWII Theater Ribbon with three battle stars, the National Defense Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with two stars, the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with three battle stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.He was a member of the Military Officers Association of America, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, the Second Air Division Association, the National Officers Association, was a Founding member of the American Air Museum in Duxford, England. He was also a member of the American Legion Poquoson Post #273.After his retirement from the Air Force, he taught science for 12 years at Spratley Middle School, Phoebus High School in Hampton, and Poquoson Middle School in Poquoson. - See more at:

Buried June 2011

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington County
Virginia, USA


Date Contributor Update
05 September 2015 01:42:11 466thHistorian Changes to awards and events

466th BG Historian

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05 September 2015 01:29:19 466thHistorian Changes to person associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

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18 December 2014 16:20:00 466thHistorian Changes to events

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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12 November 2014 21:44:46 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, firstname, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Archives

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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, p345