Eugene Linder Karlberg
394th bomb group, 584th Bomb Squadron
|Captain Eugene Linder Karlberg, a WW2 Army Air Corp 394th
bomb group, 584th Bomb Squadron, a decorated WWII Pilot/Captain and
Retired West Coast and Hughes Air West Airlines Pilot - medals photographs
and artifacts. Captain Karlberg was a pilot of some kind his whole working
life. During WW2 he began his military career as an enlisted man. He was
commissioned as a Pilot officer Dec 1942. He flew B-26 Marauders in the
9th Air Force with the 394th Bomb Group "Bridge Busters". He was lead team
Pilot of the B-26 named "Wolf Pack". He flew over 50 combat
missions. Include in these missions were Pre-invasions attacks in France
during The Normandy/D-Day invasions and support of the ground troops. He
was also later involved in ground support in the Battle of the Bulge.
He received the Distinguished Flying Cross on 6 December 1944. He
also was awarded the Air Medal with 10 Oak leaf clusters and the European
Africa, Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four bronze stars. Here we see
his Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, His ID Papers and Dog tags,
his original Crusher Hat, his sterling Pilots wings and records of his
missions including his appointments services records and discharge papers.
Newspaper clippings of his receiving The DFC from Maj. General Samuel E.
Anderson and a thank you newspaper article from General Patton for Bravery
and excellence in pinpoint bombing of heavily defended targets in the Roer
River area during the Flank drive to Saarlautern by Patton’s Us Third
Army. His military exploits have been detailed in many books about the ETO.
Eugene Linder Karlberg, 1st Lieutenant, 394th Bombardment Group (M). For extraordinary achievement while servicing as lead pilot of a flight of B-26 type aircraft on 12 July 1944. On this date adverse weather conditions forced the members of Lt. Karlberg's flight to return to base. In spite of the danger from enemy fighters, he continued on alone to attack the vitally important target, destroying it completely. The outstanding devotion to duty and courage displayed by Lt. Karlberg on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces of the United States. Entered military service from Montana.