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Thomas E Henderson




  • Theodore Kolaya

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Forced to ditch due to engine fire/failure 23 February 1945 in B-24 #42110160 'Chris Crate II. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Ditched in North Sea on 6th combat mission. Only 3 crewmen escaped and were rescued.

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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...

  • 785th 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
Crashed/Ditched 15 miles NNE of Cromer, Norfolk, UK 23 February 1945

After his a/c made a rapid decent and ditch in the North Sea, Henderson made this statement, "I escaped through the top hatch and pulled the engineer, who was injured, after me. We released the left life raft, externally. We picked up the tail gunner, but were unable to find any other crew members as the aircraft sank from sight almost immediately. We were sighted by a place at 1600 hours and soon three P-47's were circling us. They were soon joined by a Lancaster and then a PBY came out and picked us up."


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30 September 2016 00:21:53 466thHistorian Changes to events and aircraft associations

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21 December 2014 19:25:28 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

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