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Aloysius William McCloskey Jr


Waist gunner on B-24 Liberator, bailed out 20 February 1945 after the control cables on his a/c snapped over Belgium.



  • 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 Wilkes Barre, PA 21 January 1924
Enlisted Wilkes Barre, PA 21 December 1943
466th BG Combat Tour Knettishall Airfield, UK January 1945 – 20 February 1945
Died Lexington, KY, USA 13 April 1999
Buried Calvary Cemetery, Lexington, KY 17 April 1999

Calvary Cemetery
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA


Date Contributor Update
25 May 2020 01:18:11 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank

Grave photo

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25 May 2020 01:15:44 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
08 April 2020 12:24:35 Brad Sullivan Changes to service number

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11 April 2015 04:45:32 466thHistorian Changes to suffix, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2014 08:35:46 Emily Changes to nickname, role, biography and place associations

Fellow crew member, Harvey S Stamper, via AAM Memory Bank.

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27 September 2014 18:03:32 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 348