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Sam Kessler


Flew 14 missions. Shot down, bailed out, landed on a church steeple, ended up in the hospital




  • Robert Gordon

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24J A/C 42-50336 'Pale Ale' crashed when control cables snapped and crew lost control.

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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...

  • 786th 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 22 October 1923
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 3 June 1943
Bailed Out Dergneau, 7912 Frasnes-lez-Anvaing, Belgium 20 February 1945

Control cables snapped in his a/c, B-24H #42-50336 "Pale Ale" causing it to fall out of control. Kessler was able to bail out, albeit with a damaged parachute. He drifted through a B-17 formation before landing in a Belgian field.


Date Contributor Update
11 April 2015 04:28:49 466thHistorian Changes to events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian
Attlebridge Arsenal - Brassfield & Wassom

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2014 00:04:41 466thHistorian Changes to role

466th BG ARchives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:53 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self