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Francis Laney Bell Sr




  • Elmore Cave

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in training mission in B-24 # 42-51331collided with 'Glad to See Ya' over England

  • Bruce Courser

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

  • Seaton Douglass

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in training mission in B-24 # 42-51331 collision with 'Glad to See Ya' over England

  • Richard Garlichs

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

  • Robert Lindemuth

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in training mission as B-24 # 42-51331 collided with 'Glad to See Ya' over England

  • Van Such

    Military | 466th Bomb Group

  • Jake Winn

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in training mission. B24 #42-95361 and 'Glad to See Ya 'B-24 # 42-51331collided over England.

  • George Yarbrough

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Nose Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in training mission in B-24 # 42-51331. Collidision in 'Glad to See Ya' over England with another plane in the squadron piloted by Archibald Williams

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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



  • 623

    11 September 1944
    Major Harmon flew Command Pilot. Did not hit the target because Mickey wasn't working. Brought our bombs back. Got to shoot at some fighters.

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 South Carolina, USA 20 May 1917
Mid Air Collision Gooderstone, King's Lynn, Norfolk PE33, UK 16 September 1944

Involved in a mid-air collision when his a/c collided with another 466th BG B-24 on a practice mission.

Died Lancaster, SC 29720, USA 8 June 1985
Buried Lancaster, SC 29720, USA 12 June 1985

Lancaster Memorial Park
Lancaster County
South Carolina, USA


Date Contributor Update
07 September 2015 03:52:05 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:49 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 & Brassford, page 343