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Harry William Taylor

Military

Harry Taylor was a Pilot in the 466th Bomb Group/785th Bomb Squadron. A veteran of many missions, he was seriously injured when he was forced to crash land his battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" at Shipdham on return from the 8 January 1945 mission to bomb communications centers in Germany. Taylor suffered a serious head laceration and a broken arm. He was killed in February 1958 when his car skidded on Route 48 near Five Points, on the Montgomery and Miami Counties boundary line, and hit a bridge abutment.

Service

People

  • Gordon Cuneo

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Gordon Cuneo was a student at the University of California when he enlisted in February 1943. He was Navigator on the Harry W. Taylor Crew #552. He was on board the battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" which was forced to crash land at Shipdham...

  • William Eastman

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

  • W Flack

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

  • Jerome Krzewinski

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Arden Mills

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Arden Mills had completed 25 missions before he flew as Co-Pilot on B-24 Serial 42-95248 on the 8 January 1945 mission to bomb communications centers in Germany. He was seriously wounded when the Liberator was forced to crash land at Shipdham due to...

  • Lauren Sanborn

    Military | Captain | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Lauren "Sandy" Sanborn was born March 31, 1925 in Concord, NH. He left High School to join the Army Air Corps at age 17. After training, he was sent overseas and was assigned to the 466th Bomb Group/785th Bomb Squadron. He was on board the battle...

  • Harry Siders

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Harry Siders was a Waist Gunner in the 466th Bomb Group/785th Bomb Squadron. He was on board the battle-damaged B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" which was forced to crash land at Shipdham on return from the 8 January 1945 mission to bomb communications...

  • Byron Wertz

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    T/Sgt Byron L. Wertz served with the 785th Bombardment Squadron of the 466th Heavy Bomb Group, 8th Army Air Force, and was stationed at Attlebridge Airfield near Norfolk England. He was Flight Engineer and Turret Gunner on a B-24 Liberator known as ...

  • Al Wilson

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

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95248 The Falcon

    B-24 Liberator

  • 44-40454 Betta Duck

    B-24 Liberator
    Originally assigned to 493rd Bomb Group. Transferred to the 34th Bomb Group in early June 1944 and completed missoins from 12 June 1944 to 24 August 1944. Later transferred to the 466th Bomb Group, and eventually flown back to the US by Carl W Falk...

  • 42-51198

    B-24 Liberator
    Burned up on hardstand #45 due to an electrical fire 8 November 1944. ...

Missions

  • 667

    6 October 1944

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 688

    25 October 1944

  • 787

    8 January 1945

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Dayton, Ohio, USA 4 September 1921
Lived in Dayton, Ohio, USA 1942
Enlisted Dayton, OH 9 October 1942

Patterson AAF

Crashed/Wounded In Action Shipdham, England 8 January 1945

in the forced landing of B-24H #42-95248 "The Falcon" at Shipdham, England

Buried Dayton, Ohio, USA February 1958

Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery

Died 15 February 1958

died in an automobile accident near Dayton, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 15:09:54 466thHistorian Changes to events and aircraft associations
Sources

466th BG Archives - Report on Mission No 151 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany 25 October 1944

Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 04:19:58 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations
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466th BG Formation Plan for 19 Oct 1944 - NARA

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2020 19:45:54 jmoore43 Changes to service number
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Added Officer S/N per information from "U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963" at Ancestry.com.

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2020 19:09:22 jmoore43 Changes to events
Sources

Added locations to several events using info in the event comment sections.

Date Contributor Update
13 January 2020 19:01:38 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations
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Added a connection to the 8th AF.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2019 11:04:42 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US Census 1930 for Montgomery County, Ohio
Death notice in the “Daily Reporter” (Dayton, Ohio), 17 February 1958

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 23:32:04 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank and role
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 23:31:27 466thHistorian Changes to awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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 351

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