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Crew #758
Robert F. Applin Crew
466th BG - 787th BS

Standing Left to Right: Robert F. Applin (P), Richard Joyce (CP), Carl Herbst (B), Leon Appel (N), Earl Rau (FE)

Kneeling Left to Right: Barkev Hovesepian (R/O), Henry Ciocci (G), Donald Brooks (G), Arthur Huggins (TG), LaVern Young (G)

This crew completed a 33 combat mission tour
5 October 1944 - 24 March 1945



  • 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...

  • 787th Bomb Squadron


  • Leon Appel

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator

  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

  • Don Brooks

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • Henry Ciocci

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • Carl Herbst

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    30 missions in ETO Air Medal w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC

  • Barkev Hovsepian

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Flew 35 missions and 3 fuel haul missions to Patton's army in Spet 1944. Crash landed at Manson after preparing to ditch in channel. ...

  • Arthur Huggins

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

  • Richard Joyce

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • Earl Rau

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

  • LaVern Young

    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
01 December 2014 18:17:30 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom