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42-50717

B-24 Liberator

#2 engine caught fire during assembly on 15 February 1945 causing the a/c to crash with the William C. Lindhe Crew aboard. 6 KIA - 4 parachuted safely

Service

Units

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    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...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Robert Brennan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24J A/C #42-50717 'Berlin Bound' crashed after engine fire developed and was returning to base. 6 crewmembers killed. Others bailed out and survived.

  • Donald Dowdell

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Was a police sergeant in the NYPD after the war.

  • Claire Eclov

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-24J A/C #42-50717 'Berlin Bound' crashed after engine fire developed and was returning to base. 6 crewmembers killed. Others bailed out and survived.

  • John Fay

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Gautreau

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group
    The VFW Post in Lynn, MA is named in his honor

  • Kenneth Hoffman

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • William Lindhe

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    "my pilot, Willy Lindhe, was a particularly fine man. In the highest tradition of the Air Force, he stayed at his position under the most trying conditions. He maintained a steady platform and gave the bail out signal at the proper time, enabling...

  • Archie Patterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Michael Pelish

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group
    Originally a member of the Joseph Damiani Crew, he was not aboard when they were lost on a Truckin' mission on 25 September 1944. As it wasn't a combat mission, the bombardier wasn't needed.

  • Robert Robinson

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

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Places

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Failed to Return (FTR) Langham, Holt, Norfolk NR25, UK 17 February 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:29:33 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:11:59 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations, person associations and place associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:08:01 466thHistorian Changes to description and events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
03 November 2014 23:11:54 466thHistorian Changes to nicknames, markings and media associations
Sources

466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:40:53 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 12416 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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