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  • 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...

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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


  • 42-50717 Berlin Bound

    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


  • 834

    17 February 1945

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
Lived in Ventura, CA, USA 1943

445 James Street

Bailed Out Langham, Holt, Norfolk NR25, UK 17 February 1945

About 15 minutes after takeoff the crew noticed the #2 engine on fire. "Robinson the nose gunner met me head on in the tunnel, dragging his chest pack. I prevailed upon him to back up so I could get my chute, and we both then started toward the waist because the camera hatch was a better bail out opportunity than the nose wheel hatch. Going past the flight deck I sas Eclov (R/O) and Gautreau (FE), attempting to buckle their chute straps. By this time the situation was getting desperate because the wing was fully enveloped in flames and was loaded with gasoline. Upon reaching the waist three of the gunners waved goodbye and bailed out while we were still over the North Sea. The bail out signal had not yet been given.
Robinson and I positioned ourselves at the camera hatch and waited for the bail out signal as the plane continued down. As we crossed the shoreline Lindhe gave the signal and Robinson and I bailed out at less than 1000 feet. The bail out was witnessed by members of the British Air-Sea Rescue stationed at RAF Langham where we landed. The plane crashed on the other side of the field killing the pilot, co-pilot, engineer, radio operator and an Italian POW working on the ground."


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 17:50:39 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

466th BG Historian

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29 May 2016 02:35:02 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

466th BG Archives

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02 December 2015 15:57:05 466thHistorian Changes to service number

466th BG Historian

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24 February 2015 21:26:19 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

466th BG Historian

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27 September 2014 18:16:00 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p345 7 age 264 in the book SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Co, 1998 edition