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Heath Harding Carriker


Dec 23, 44 on mission to Blatchen, ger. flack disabled aileron and rudder control with resulting loss of altitude from 23,000 to 8,000 ft. With elevator controls and all engines we made it back to Base 1:30 late. This was a close call!

22 missions with 786 BS from 24 July 1944 to 22 Oct 1944 and 10 missions with 784 BS from 4 Nov 1944 to 5 Jan 1944 as lead crew. Crew #s 640 & 462. Aircrafts flown: #42-10580, #42-95592 "Black Cat," #42-95609 "Ghost Too,"

"I, like most other pilots, thought then and now that mine was the best possible crew. I am grateful to have been associated with these good and worthy men. I am a better person for having associated with them during that critical time in our nations history." - Heath Carriker



  • Steve Barnes

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

  • Clarence Broadway

    Military | First Lieutenant | Radar Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Retired from the USAF with the rank of Captain

  • Cortland Brovitz

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Howard DeBoer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed when his B-29 crashed trying to make an emergency landing at Guam while on a Search and Rescue mission in December 1953.

  • Ben Elizalde

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

  • Forrest Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew a total of 32 missions, 10 of them as a lead crew Flew on 'Black Cat'

  • Walter Schutt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator; Pilotage Navigator | 466th Bomb Group
    Flew 30 missions. 23 December 1944 Dahlhem. August 1944 over France. On 1st mission, pilot landed with all 4 engines out. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Jack Wendling

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot; Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Completed pilot training on 7 January 1944, aged 18 and allegedly became the youngest commissioned officer and pilot in the USAAF at that time. ...

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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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 786th Bomb Squadron



  • 541

    11 August 1944

  • 8th Air Force 554

    15 August 1944
    Airfields in NW Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium are the primary targets for this mission. 8th Air Force despatches a total of 932 aircraft. The raid is coordinated with 1,000 Royal Air Force (RAF) heavy bombers and Mosquitos attacking 9 airfields...

  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

  • 562

    18 August 1944
    We led the Wing to France to bomb a fuel dump. Made 3 runs on the target. We hit it on the third run. Major Harmon flew Pilot; 12000 feet altitude.

  • 611

    8 September 1944
    We snafued on the bomb run and missed all the flak.

  • 619

    10 September 1944

  • 8th Air Force 670

    9 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 674

    12 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 681

    17 October 1944

  • 683

    19 October 1944

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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 Ellerbe, North Carolina 25 December 1918
Enlisted Fort Bragg, NC, USA 15 July 1941
Arrived in the ETO Nutt's Corner, Crumlin, Antrim BT29, UK 19 June 1944

Ferried B-24H 42-51134 "Liberty Belle" an aircraft that also ended up being assigned to the 466th BG

786th BS Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 24 July 1944 – 22 October 1944

22 missions

21st Combat Mission Hamm, Germany 22 October 1944

led low left squadron

23rd Combat Mission Saarbrücken, Germany 2 November 1944

Led 466th BG & 96th BW. Major Jacobowitz was aboard as command pilot

784th BS Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 4 November 1944 – 5 January 1945

10 missions as a lead crew

22nd Combat Mission Gelsenkirchen, Germany 4 November 1944

led 466th BG

28th Combat Mission Koblenz, Germany 31 December 1944

led 466th BG with Major Crosson aboard as command pilot

Died Pinehurst, NC, USA 5 August 2012
Buried Ellerbe, NC, USA 9 August 2012

Ellerbe Cemetery
Richmond County
North Carolina, USA


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 03:38:46 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations

466th Formation plan for 19 October 1944 - NARA

Date Contributor Update
09 June 2016 00:09:48 466thHistorian Changes to events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Heath Carriker papers
466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 02:13:28 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 01:51:40 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2015 01:49:45 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, biography, awards and events

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self; oral history interview