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Barkev A Hovsepian


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.

In a B-24, the R/O had to concentrate on the coded messages above all the din, noise and static, then decode the messages. My visibility to the outside was very limited. The only view ahead was through the cockpit and an occasional glimpse through the tiny window on the starboard side and below the #3 engine. I could feel the concussion of each flak burst and the clatter of shrapnel on the skin of the aircraft. I remember the occasional call from the tail gunner that we were being stalked by an ME 262 jet. I had resigned myself that I may not survive and tried desperately to do my job as best as I could - Barky Hovsepian 25 March 1996

After the war Barky was instrumental in starting to gather the histories of the members of the 466th BG and was very active in the 466th BG Association. He was a thoughtful religious man. Though I didn't get the chance to meet him, by all accounts he was a gregarious prince of a fellow to all that had the pleasure of meeting him.
Air Medal w/4Oak Leaf Cluster;EAME Medal w/stars, Good Conduct Medal



  • Robert Applin

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Our pilot, Bob Applin, was a natural leader and an excellent pilot. - Barky Hovsepian, R/O Complete a 35 mission tour

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Units served with

  • 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

Associated Place

  • 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...


Event Location Date
Born Hartford, Connecticut 10 July 1921
Died 22 October 1997
Buried Braintree, MA, USA 26 October 1997


Date Contributor Update
12 April 2015 03:21:04 466thHistorian Changes to place associations

466th BG Historian

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19 February 2015 20:05:14 466thHistorian Changes to events

466th BG Historian

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19 February 2015 20:02:20 466thHistorian Changes to nickname, biography and awards

466th BG Historian

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01 December 2014 18:39:11 466thHistorian Changes to person associations

466th BG Historian

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27 September 2014 18:04:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 346/wife & Page 300 in the book THE SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, 1998 edition, D790.A2S45