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Erwin H. Sorensen Crew
Crew #674 & #489
466th BG
786th and 784th BS

Standing Left to Right: Erwin H. Sorensen (P), Joseph Goldman (CP), Ned Whitman (B), Donald J. Doll (N)

Kneeling Left to Right: Norman Bastoky (G), Chester Havrick (R/O), Vohn D. Schmidt (G), Phillip J. Krystyniak (FE), Merrill Lee (G), Carl D. Peterson (G)

Ned Whitman left the crew before they joined the 466th BG.

This crew flew eight missions with the786th BS and then 12 missions as a lead crew with the 784th BS before hostilities ended.



  • 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...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 786th Bomb Squadron


  • Norman Bastoky

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Waist Gunner

  • Donald Doll

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Joseph Goldman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Chester Havrick

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

  • Phillip Krystyniak

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer; Top Turret Gunner

  • Merrill Lee

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Nose Gunner

  • Carl Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Airplane Armorer; Tail Gunner
    AM w/ 2 Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Vohn Schmidt

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner

  • Erwin Sorensen

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Clusters, DFC

  • Ned Whitman



  • 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
11 November 2015 23:38:15 jnbastoky Changes to caption

Corrected "Norman Bastaky" to "Norman Bastoky". This is my grandfather. I have a copy of this photo with signatures on the back.

Date Contributor Update
18 February 2015 04:08:48 466thHistorian Changes to collection and caption

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 14:57:11 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Chris Brassfield