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Crew #625 - Joseph Hartley Crew
466th BG - 786th BS

Standing Left to Right: Gerald A. Messier (CP), Raymond Shinder (B), George Keber (N), Joseph Hartley (P)

Kneeling Left to Right: Richard Halstead (G), Bernell Doerbeu (FE), Harry Phippen (G), Walter Sloan (G), Henry McKinley (R/O), Unidentified



  • 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...

  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • Richard Halstead

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner
    I didn't know Richard and just found him doing genealogy on my great aunt the other day. He was born 2 February 1924 in Frankfort, Spink County, South Dakota USA. His father was Harry Finley Halstead, and his mother was Estella Josehine Ridinger who...

  • Joseph Hartley

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Joseph Hartley was killed in action in B-24H #42-95010 'Crow's Nest' on his final mission. Hartley was KIA when he was hit in the head by 20mm cannon fire from attacking German fighters. The wounded co-pilot was able to bring the aircraft back to...

  • Henry McKinley

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator

  • Gerald Messier

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Bernell Oberbeck

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer

  • Harry Phippen

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • George Reber

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Raymond Shinder

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Killed in Action (KIA) Crashed at Puettlingen on 8/9/44 in B-24 Penthouse For Ten #42-95268. Previously on Crew# 625 (Joseph Harley crew "Crows Nest").

  • Walter Sloan

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner


  • 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...


Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 14:29:39 Brad Sullivan Changes to person associations

Date Contributor Update
06 April 2020 14:19:29 Brad Sullivan Changes to person associations

Added T/SGT OBERBECK, Bernell M. Flt Eng

Date Contributor Update
16 January 2017 02:13:47 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

466th BG Archives - Brendan Wood supplied photo