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Crew #683
Cleon R. Gleason Crew
466th BG - 786th BS
B-24J-140-CO #42-110157 "What's Cookin' Doc" Code: U8-A

Standing Left to Right: Unknown, James A. Martin (CP), Cleon R. Gleason (P), Matthew E. Friedman (N), unknown

Kneeling left to right: Michael A. Chodan (R/O), Lavoughn Baker (FE), Gordon L. Barrett (BTG), unknown

The unknown men are: John E. Baker (G), Joseph A. Mach (G), George M. Phillips (G). It is not known where they appear in the photo.

This crew completed 23 combat missions before the end of hostilities.



  • 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


  • John Baker

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner
    Trained at Sioux Falls AAB in SD. Served on B-24 'What's Cookin' Doc?' Some crew members were: George M. Phillips (TG), Lavaughn Baker (E), Joseph A. Mack (NG). John E. must have been a waist gunner. First mission 5 February 1945 ; last 25 Apr 45.

  • Lavoughn Baker

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

  • Gordon Barrett

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner
    Retired from the USAF as a CMSGT

  • Michael Chodan

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

  • Matthew Friedman

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    Sorties 1945: Feb 6 Magdeburg; 21 Nurnberg; 22 Peine; 25 Schwabsch-Hall; 26 Berlin; 27 Halle; Mar 3 Nienburg; 12 Freidberg; 18 Berlin; 21 Resepe; 23 Osnabruck; 24 Kirtorf; 30 Wilhelmshaven; 31 Brunswick; Apr 10 Rechlin/Larz 11 Regensburg; 14 Pte De...

  • Cleon Gleason

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot

  • Joseph Mach

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner

  • James Martin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot

  • George Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner



  • 891

    16 March 1945


  • 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
31 December 2014 05:24:00 466thHistorian Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom