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778th Bomb Squadron

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Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), October 1943, becoming a Fifteenth Air Force heavy bomb squadron, attacking enemy targets both in the MTO and European Theater of Operations (ETO). After end of war in Europe, used B-24s for transport of personnel from various points in Europe to Waller Field, Trinidad, being attached to Air Transport Command. Inactivated 31 July 1945.

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  • Wilton Abbott

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Engineer | 464th Bomb Group
    Flying a mission from Panatella AAB in Italy, Sergeant Wilton L Abbott's B-24 Liberator took 3 direct hits from anti aircraft fire on a raid over Blechammer, Germany at 11:20am on the 13th October 1944. Abbott was last seen manning one of the waist...

  • Howard Carlson

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Howard R. Carlson followed his brother (Gilbert Carlson) into the Air Corps on 23 Feb 1943 and was stationed in Italy (1944-45) where he was a co-pilot on a B-24 Liberator with the 464th Bomb Group, 778th BS, 15th Air Force. He was discharged on 16 Aug...

  • Norman Cope

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist gunner | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13711. ...

  • Rosh Crosby

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Rosh Crosby served as a co-pilot with the 778th Bomb Squadron of the 464th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Pantanella airfield, Italy. On 5 February 1945, he was flying B-24 42-52537 on a mission to Regensburg. With two engines shot up, they...

  • Charles Foote

    Military | Captain | Co-pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Gilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR...

  • James Gilson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13711. ...

  • Alvin Kidd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 464th Bomb Group
    1st Lt Alvin S. Kidd Jr. volunteered for the U.S. Army in Los Angeles, California on 29 December 1941. ...

  • Charles Montegut

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Gilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR...

  • Lacey Morton

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Gilson crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR...

  • Raymond O'Connon

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | gunner B24 | 464th Bomb Group
    Staff Sgt O'Connon was shot down on Oct 4th, 1944 on the mission to Munich, Germany. All of the crew bailed down and were captured. Sgt O'Connon was sent to Stalag Luft IV, then moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust then to Usedom Bei Savenmunde, Germany....

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Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 00:05:21 466thHistorian Changes to unit encompassing associations
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/464th_Troop_Carrier_Group

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2016 00:02:22 466thHistorian Created entry with type, category, name, description, air forces, aircraft types, unit encompassing associations and media associations
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/778th_Expeditionary_Airlift_Squadron

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