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B-24 Liberator

Service

Units

  • 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Lawrence Anderson

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

  • Richard Anisfield

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

  • John Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    Trained at Sioux Falls AAB in SD. Served on B-24 'What's Cookin' Doc?' Some crew members were: George M. Phillips (TG), Lavaughn Baker (E), Joseph A. Mack (NG). John E. must have been a waist gunner. First mission 5 February 1945 ; last 25 Apr 45.

  • Gerald Behrens

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

  • Kenneth Blackburn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Kenneth E Blackburn was the co-pilot of a B-24 called “What's Cookin Doc” and the crew flew almost all of the missions with this B-24 out of Attlebridge with the 466th Bomb Group. ...

  • Edward Blake

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Paul Boyle

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Carl Citron

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Charles Cook

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

  • Leslie Dunger

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

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Missions

  • 570

    25 August 1944

  • 676

    14 October 1944
    Black Week

  • 683

    19 October 1944

  • 729

    29 November 1944

  • 731

    30 November 1944

  • 863

    4 March 1945

Places

  • 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
First 466th BG Combat mission Domléger, 80370 Domléger-Longvillers, France 14 June 1944
Combat Mission Landshut, Germany 16 April 1945

Donald Klang Crew - Crew #693

Last 466th BG Combat Mission Passau, Germany 18 April 1945

Returned to the U.S. and was photographed at Willow Run, MI in the summer of 1945

Arrived in the ZOI Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096, USA 13 June 1945

So it was going to be old "What's Cookin Doc." After the initial disappointment wore off, we realized that we were not that bad off. "Doc" was a fine old airplane and had good flight characteristics. The next day we went down to the flight line and met Bob Raley, the ground crew chief. We volunteered our services to do whatever he needed us to do to get the aircraft ready for the long flight back to the states. Everybody went to work. Our guys scrubbed the plane from one end to theother. We were shooting for a target departure date of 1 June 1945. It was decided that we wouldn't need the big slabs of additional armor on either side of the cockpit for the trip home. They were removed, which left us a blank space under the window, which our guys decided to do something about. We happened to have a former sign painter on the crew and he found some paint and went to work. On the co-pilot's side he painted on all the air crew and ground crew names. On the pilot's side he painted the mission "scoreboard," Since we couldn't get an accurate count of missions flown by the aircraft (it was rumored to have been transferred from another group), we decided to paint a generous amount. When the painter was finished there were 117 bomb markers painted on the aircraft. (Historical note: There isn't a record of this a/c being transferred from another group, however 117 missions was probably not far off the mark. "What's Cookin' Doc" had been with the 466th BG since June 1944 and over that span the group had flown 180 combat missions. It's reasonable to expect that "Doc" flew at least 117 of those.) The 1 June date was changed to 9 June 1945. The journey home consisted of four flights. The first landed at Valley, Wales where we spent the night. The next night was spent at Meeks Field in Iceland. The third night we stayed in Goose Bay, Labrador. After getting weathered in for a 2nd night at Goose Bay, we finally made it to Bradley AAF, CT on 13 June 1945.

Later on at Sioux Falls, SD when we were waiting with some other 466th'ers for our next assignment, a pilot from Detroit handed me a newspaper clipping. The Ford Motor Company had gathered over 400 "war weary" bombers at Willow Run, MI for public viewing. The a/c in the clipping was none other than our "What's Cookin' Doc!" - John J. Horan

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 02:05:42 466thHistorian Changes to person associations
Sources

466th BG - Report on Mission No 145, RR Viaduct, Bielefeld, Germany, 29 November 1944
NARA Research by Brad Sullivan

Date Contributor Update
27 March 2020 01:19:24 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2018 19:31:43 mvandemark Changes to person associations
Sources

Family member / historian

Date Contributor Update
01 January 2017 23:44:28 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Archives - Group Formation sheet - 16 April 1945

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 00:07:30 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

"Attlebridge Arsenal" - page 135-136

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2015 00:43:58 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
29 August 2015 01:59:23 466thHistorian Changes to media associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 22:05:06 466thHistorian Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, markings, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

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