Friends In the Netherlands
Adopt Graves of American Airmen
Carlo Kuit has adopted the grave of Roland C. Boulter, Navigator on the Kenneth Kessinger Crew #616 (786th Sq) that was shot down on April 8, 1944 in what was to be one of the worst 466th missions of the war. A total of 6 aircraft were lost. 21 were KIA and 38 were POWs. Carlo writes that there are 5300 military graves in this cemetery in Belgium, and about 65% of them are U.S. Army Air Force. We thank you for remembering and caring Carlo.
Thanks to Jac Engles for posting this photo of Roland Boulter and Arie-Jan-van Hees for posting the photo of Kenneth Kessinger on Facebook!
Mission to Brunswick- April 8, 1944
From Attlebridge Arsenal: "Before the 8 April, 1944 mission to Brunswick, the 466th BG had flown five combat missions and already lost seven aircraft to combat with 50 men Killed in Action with an additional 10 taken as POW's. Only one mission had flown without a loss. The losses reached a crescendo on the sixth mission. On the bomb run the group was hit by ME-109's and FW- 190's which shot down six bombers in quick succession. One of those was the KLessinger Crew. In total on the day the 466th lost 6 aircraft with 21 men Killed in Action and another 38 taken as POW's. Though the 466th would lose many more aircraft and crews , the 8 April , 1944 wold stand as the biggest single day loss that group would suffer during the war." (Wassom and Brassfield)
In "Attlebridge Diaries" Claude Meconnis (Co- Pilot-Dike Crew #504) records in his diary "They don't come any harder than the one we flew today to Brunswick, The Jerries threw everything they had at us, fighters and flak, It was the big 'Maximum Effort' raid our operations had long predicted. Well it came today on Holy Saturday. Personally to me it was Unholy Saturday" The mission was delayed by an hour because the bombs had not been ordered right and by the time they were in the air the formation was poor. Prop wash from other wings caused problems crossing the channel. After turning at the IP, Meconnis continues: "when one of the boys began calling 'one-two-three B-24's going Down!' I saw them go down from a group far off on our right, two of them blazing balls of fire and the third sickeningly flopping and spinning down- I couldn't believe my eyes."
Looking for 466th BG FACES (PHOTOS)
Netherlands Remembering Our Fallen Heroes.
Twenty-six 466th Bomb Group Honor Roll Members are buried in the Netherlands at at Margraten Netherlands American Cemetery and 6 are commemorated on the Walls of the Missing. The Memorial features photos of 22 of these young 466th If you have or know of a photograph of any of the these heroes send photos to:
Foundation United Adopters American War Graves-Loonsevaert 21- 5171 LL Kaatsheuvel The Netherlands
Friends at Weston-Longville
Posed in front of 466th Jeep at 466th Memorial Site
Front Left: Eileen Hindle (Brit) and Beverly Tomb (Yank)
Back Left: Peter Woodcock (Brit), Mel Johnson ( Brit) (Jeep Owner), Paul Hindle (Brit)
Paul and Eileen donate their time and resources to the upkeep of our 466th Memorial and now at the construction of the Visito Centre. Paul and son, Shaun have found and dug out old bunkers on the old base and dug up all sorts of artifacts. Paul works with Peter Woodcock and Catherine Thomson (not in photo) as Historians and hosts to veterans and families of 466th veterans. Catherine Thomson is curator and director of the 466th Bomb Group Historical Collection located in Hethel.
(See Below for contact info)
This photo comes from Jim Melnyk whose father was part of the Engineering group for the 784th Bomber Squadron. Jim is looking for any other information, he might be able to find out about his father. There is another photo of him in front of the B-24 "Cindy".
Followup on Grave Adoptions
The following was posted on AAF List:
""My parents have adopted the name of William J. Terry on the wall of missing in Margraten.
The aircraft collided on 22 March 1944 about 1330 hours with B-24H / AF# 41-29416,
nickname "Rebbel Gal", 2nd Lt Gilley T. Brand crew of 466th Bomber Group,
Heavy, 15 seconds for "Bombs away" over Berlin, Germany.
AF# 41-29416 Crashed near Malz, SchweinerhÃ¼tte, 5 miles NorthEast of Oranienburg,
NorthNorthWest of Berlin."
There was a request for more information and I have posted below passages from "Attlebridge Arsenal" and "Attlebridge Diaries" concerning that first mission flown by thee 466th. Lou Loevsky was a good friend to many of us and I remember him speaking of his pilot, William Terry with the greatest regard. (BC)
We want to express our gratitude for the people in Europe who are watching over our honored lost airmen and for preserving the memory of their lives and service. They truly understand that Freedom is not free.
ATTLEBRIDGE DIARIES & ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL Accounts of Incident
The American Air Bases were named for the closest village with a railroad station. The Village of Attlebridge is 8- 10 miles from the base and the airmen spent most of their off duty time in the village of Weston-Longville located within a mile of the airfield.
If you are planning to visit and you want to see the air base, prior arrangements need to be made before arriving. Paul and Eileen Hindle are our BGA contacts who live close by. Paul gives guided tours in his restored American Military Jeep and has access to most of the old airbase. He and wife, Eileen are a wealth of information- kind of like having Alistair Cook as your guide. E-mail them at:
(please help pay their expenses for gasoline and time)
PS. when making air reservations consider flying into Norwich. (Delta Airlines) It is usually cheaper and you don't have to deal with large crowds. Norwich is about 10 miles from the Attlebridge Airfield,
Catherine Thompson receives 466th BGA donation from Martha Curtis