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The WWII Service of
SSgt. WILLIAM F. MCMYNE
US 8th Air Force
466 Bombardment Group (Heavy)
784th Squadron - Crew 413

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Sincere thanks to the following individuals.
  This site would not have been possible without their long standing dedication and generosity.
 
Chris Brassfield

Chris is the official historian of the 466th Bombbardment Group and, along with Earl Wassom, has published "Attlebridge Arsenal"  documenting the men and aircraft of the 466th Bomber Group.  Chris is the first person I contacted when first researching this project.  He first provided information about how my father was shot down and provided the rare photo of my fathers aircraft, the Virgin Sturgeon.  He encouraged me to contact Lou Loevsky.
 

Lou  Loevsky

Lou was also member of the 466th Bombardmenet Group and was shot down on their first mission, a bombing run to Berlin.  Over 50 years later he received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic efforts in helping his bombardier exit the plane as it dove towards the ground after a mid-air collision.  The bombardier and Lou survived the crash and were German POW's until the end of the war.  Lou and my father were both in Luft III, probably at the same time but they did not know one another.

Lou's story is part of the oral history at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum as well as other written histories of WWII and POW experiences.

Lou republished "The Attlebridge Diaries", a key resource that documents the history of the 466 Bomb Group and from which I obtained most of the information regarding my pre-war and combat experience.  Lou has provided me with this resource as well as many others with have aided in my understanding of my father's experience as a soldier and POW.

Lou has been a key player for the major organizations that have dedicated themselves to preserving the history of the Eight Air Force, the 466th Bomber Group and the experience of POW's.

To read more about Lou click here.
 

Lt. Col. John H. Woolnough

Lt. Col. Woolnough is the author of "Attlebridge Diaries - The History of the 466th Bombardment Group (Heavy)".  Published in 1979, this history has helped countless families and friends learn more about their wartime experience of their loved ones, as well as providng the general public with a fuller and clearer understanding of what it is really like to go to war.  Finally, his work pays memorializes the great courage and sacrifice of the members of the 466th Bomber Group and their contribution our victory in the European theatre of WWII.  With exception of my fathers letters, all of the quotes in this website come from the Attlebridge diaries.

 

If you have any further information regarding my father or any comments or questions please contact me at bmcmyne@embarqmail.com

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