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Frederick M. Wood Crew
467th BG - 788th BS
492nd BG - 859th BS (Carpetbaggers)

Standing, L-R:
Lane R. Gebert - R.O. ASN 13176806
Raymond Croteau - Gunner ASN 11115089
Bernard Hochheiser - Gunner ASN 32014067 (Orphaned)
Harvey L. Bruce - Gunner ASN 18074114
Jack L. Tate - Engineer ASN 15324318 (Orphaned)

Kneeling, L-R:
Frederick W. Wood - Pilot ASN 0736449
Benjamin H. Blackwell - Copilot ASN 0693837
Lyonel V. Campbell - Engineer ASN 19074131
Robert L. Seng - Navigator ASN 0691817
George C. Reall - Bombardier ASN 0733096

Hochheiser was transferred to the 466th BG/784th BS and became part of the Homer Y. Harris Crew. He was KIA.



  • 467th Bomb Group

    467th Bomb Group

    The 467th Bomb Group, or the "Rackheath Aggies" as they came to be known, flew B-24 Liberators on missions from April 1944. Its air crews became known for their accuracy and the Group had the best overall standing for accuracy within the Eighth Air...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 801st Bomb Group

    801st Bomb Group

    The 801st Bomb Group was established as part of the Eighth Air Force in late March 1944 to carry out 'Carpetbagger' missions. These were night missions over France and other parts of occupied Europes to support resistance forces by dropping in agents,...

  • 788th Bomb Squadron

    788th Bomb Squadron

    During early May 1944, General Peck, Commanding general of the 96th CBW, invited Colonel Shower, CO of the 467th BG, Colonel Isbell, CO of the 458th BG, and Colonel Pierce, CO of the 466th BG, to wing HQ at Horsham St. Faith. They were told that one of...

  • 859th Bomb Squadron


  • Benjamin Blackwell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Harvey Bruce

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner
    Flew at least 14 Carpetbagger missions with the 492nd BG plus an unknown number of combat missions with the 467th BG previous to the 492nd BG tour

  • Lyonel Campbell

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

  • Raymond Croteau

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • Lane Gebert

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator
    Flew at least 14 "Carpetbagger" missions with the 492nd BG plus an unknown number of combat missions previously with the 467th BG

  • Bernard Hochheiser

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner
    Killed in Action (KIA) in mid air collision while assembling over Horsham as Lead PFF Plane for mission in B-24 'Liberty Bell'

  • George Reall

    Military | Bombardier
    Flew at least 14 Carpetbagger missions with the 492nd BG. Prior to that had flown an unknown number of combat missions with the 467th BG

  • Robert Seng

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator
    Robert Lee Seng was dedicated to the Air Force, loved to be up in a plane and served proudly for 24 years. He served in WWII, and Korea. He kept the memories alive by sharing the stories with family and friends for many years. He lived to be 90...

  • Jack Tate

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • Frederick Wood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Frederick Wood served as a pilot with the 466th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Attlebridge, England.



  • Harrington

    Military site : airfield
    Harrington was built by the 826th and 852nd Engineer Battalions of the US Army in 1943. Completed in 1944, it was the furthest Eighth Air Force combat airfield from the east coast.The Eighth's Special Operations Group was based at the airfield, first...

  • Rackheath

    Military site : airfield
    First allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in August 1942, Rackheath was then earmarked as a fighter base but, because of delay in construction, was never used as such. Built during 1943, the station had three concrete runways, 50 loop...


Date Contributor Update
10 September 2016 03:38:50 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations