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William Charles Lindhe

Military

"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 Robinson and me to escape with our lives., but sacrificing his own. I will never forget his heroism." - John F. Fay, Navigator

Service

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.

  • 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

  • Archie Patterson

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 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.

  • Robert Robinson

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

  • Robert Short

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Aerial Gunner | 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.

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Units served with

  • 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

Aircraft

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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cuyahoga Falls, OH 27 August 1921
Lived in Cuyahoga Falls, OH 1941

2457 11th Street

Enlisted Cleveland, OH, USA 30 March 1942
Died Langham, Holt, Norfolk NR25, UK 17 February 1945

Died when unable to bail out of burning a/c. during form up. Possibly due to the autopilot not functioning.

Buried 25 February 1945

Plot A Row 4 Grave 24
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 June 2020 22:00:44 466thHistorian Changes to middlename and events
Sources

https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2238/44030_02_00063-02124?pid=19998...

Date Contributor Update
24 February 2015 21:28:59 466thHistorian Changes to biography
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:31:01 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:29:08 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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466th BG Historian

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