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Earl Wassom (Left) & Eddie Brighty (Right)

Earl Wassom was a pilot with the 466th BG - 785th BS. Eddie was an English school boy who lived just beside the 785th BG officer's quarters. Wassom and several other 785th BS officers pooled their money and bought Eddie a very hard to come by bicycle for Christmas in 1944. Earl and Eddie are shown here at a reunion at Attllebridge in 2012.



  • 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...


  • Eddie Brighty

    English boy who lived in Weston Longville, near the 785th BS officer's quarters. Befriended the officers of the Charles Saxon Crew and the Earl Wassom Crew among others. He would sometimes light the fire in the barrack hut of the Charles Saxon crew.

  • Earl Wassom

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Flew 35 missions from 1 August 1944 to April 1945. And Flew 8 gas hauls, all to France. Early believes that this might be the highest number of any pilot in the 8th Air Force. ...


  • 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
09 October 2016 03:17:07 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations