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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 bombers that would shortly be arriving. In actual fact the first American visitors, of the 319th Bomb Group, flew medium B-26 Marauders. They arrived in October 1942 to use the base as a satellite field for Horsham St. Faith but by the next month they were moving on to North Africa with the Twelfth Air Force. After that the base was used to train B-24 Liberator crews for the 2nd Bomb Wing. The first full Group to be stationed at Attlebridge were the 466th Bomb Group, who arrived in February 1944.

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  • Robert Abbott

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Right Waist Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • James Abercrombie

    Military | Unknown | 466th Bomb Group

  • John Abplanalp

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    completed 34 missions Good Conduct/Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters/EAME Medal with 4 Bronze Stars

  • Herbert Achterberg

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Draftsman | 466th Bomb Group
    Worked in Group operations as a draftsman. Memorable days -- years -- in England Good Conduct & 'Mouse Medal'

  • Edsel Adams

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    January - March 1945. On 23 February 1945, 6th mission, ditched our B-24. 3 of 9 crew members survived. Picked up by air-sea rescue in life raft after 8 hours. Flown to England. AM/ ETO w/ 3 battle stars/ PH

  • Joseph Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Curtis Adamy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Kenneth Addison

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Sheldon Adler

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    B-24H #41-29439. Crashed at Lioncourt, near St. Quentin, FR, on return from gas trucking mission to St. Dizier, FR. Crew of six all KNO. All received a group burial at the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery.

  • George Aeschbach

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

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  • 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...

  • 41-28743 Eastern Beast

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 785BS, 466BBG, 8AF USAAF. Hit by 20mm flak direct hit taking out the Oxygen, electrical and hydraulic systems and starting a large fire. Went into dive after leaving the target area of Brunswick 8-May-44. S/Sgt's Carlson and Cannon bailed...

  • 41-28746 Jamaica?

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-28747 Gruesome Goose

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammuniton Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board. ...

  • 41-28754 Tell Me More

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 787BS, 466BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin. Forced down, crash landed Apeldourn, Netherlands. 29-Apr-44 10 x POW. MACR 4447.

  • 41-28932 Ramblin' Wreck

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft's last mission was on August 15, 1944, when it was flown by a makeshift crew led by pilot Robert W. Harrington from Attlebridge air base. The target was a Luftwaffe airfield in Vechta, near Bremen, Germany. The target was successfully...

  • 41-29350 Spare Parts

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 41-29350 was lost on 18 July 18 1944 over France. The aircraft took a direct hit by flak in the bomb bay while leaving the target, severing the control cables and forcing the pilots to attempt to ditch in the Channel off the coast of France. Four...

  • 41-29364 Stardust

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29387 - Snafu Snark - Snark

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H, 41-29387, named Snafu Snark, later named Snark, was an original 466th Bomb Group airplane. It flew combat missions from March 24, 1944 through August 8, 1944, when it crash landed at Manston emergency airfield, Kent, U.K. , on it's return...

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:16 AAM AAM ingest

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)