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Claire W Eclov


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.



  • 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

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 South Dakota, USA 16 September 1921
Died Langham, Holt, Norfolk NR25, UK 17 February 1945
Buried Brookings, SD 57006, USA 1948

Greenwood Cemetery
Brookings County
South Dakota, USA


Date Contributor Update
13 July 2016 17:48:41 466thHistorian Changes to media associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:35:24 466thHistorian Changes to service number

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 02:34:30 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, events, person associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:12 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology, Unit History / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia