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William B Ashcraft


Flew 24 Combat Missions

Air Medal w 3Oak Leaf Cluster; ETO with 3 Battle Stars



  • William Hendrix

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Twenty four B-24 missions over Germany. Last 10 missions as lead crew pilot. Seven of these 10 missions were flown in 'Black Cat', B-24J-1-FO #42-95592. 'Black Cat' was the last American B-24 shot down over Germany in WWII. She was built by Ford,...

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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


  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

  • 42-50288 Dumbo

    B-24 Liberator

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 Greene County, Indiana 19 March 1925
Died Kokomo, IN, USA 18 February 2011
Buried Kokomo, IN, USA 22 February 2011

Sunset Memory Garden
Howard County
Indiana, USA


Date Contributor Update
01 June 2015 02:47:35 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, awards, events, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:42 AAM AAM ingest

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