Eckoff, Nils Stockfleth Darre

Personal Information

Rank Lt
Forename(s) Nils Stockfleth Darre
Surname Eckoff
Gender M
Age 26
Date of Death 04-10-1943
Next of Kin Son of director Johannes Eckhoff (born 1878 in Lyngen), and Hilda F. Basberg (born 1881 in Oslo).
ECKOFF NDS

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax V
Serial Number DK203
Markings MP-A

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Norway
Burial/Memorial Place Vestre Gravlund, Oslo.
Grave Reference
Epitaph
Ribbon Stone 0280 (Block 4, Column 7, Row 1)

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 159

Enlistment Information

Service Number 253
Service Royal Norwegian Air Force
Group 4
Squadron 76
Squadron Motto Resolute
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin Norway

Other Memorials

Location Behind old Main Guardroom, former Holme On Spalding Moor Airfield, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stone Pillar with inscribed Metal Plaques
Memorial Text In Remembrance of the aircrew members from the UK,Australia,New Zealand,Canada and Norway,who gave their lives in the cause of freedom in operational sorties against the enemy from 76 Sqn 1941-1945 and to the ground personal who lost their lives by enemy
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Location All Saints Church, Holme On Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stained Glass Window and Roll of Honour within Wooden Box with inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text S G Window In memory of 76 Sqn R.A.F / Roll of honour In memory of those members of 76 Sqn R.A.F who were killed on active service 1939-1954
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Miscellaneous Information

Note that his second and third initials are reversed on the Walls of Names
Born January 5, 1917 in W. Aker, Norway. Attended commercial high school, then worked as an insurance claims adjuster. He had also studied languages at New York University.
He was originally buried with the other fatalities in Terschelling cemetery but his body was later repatriated and laid to rest in his homeland.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 03-10-1943
End Date 04-10-1943
Takeoff Station Holme-on-Spalding-Moor
Day/Night Raid Night (21% moon)
Operation Kassel. 547 aircraft, 24 losses (4.4%). H2S blind marking aircraft overshot the aiming point badly and the visual markers could not compensate due to thick haze. Decoy fires were probably also used by the Germans. The Henschel and Fieseler aircraft factories were hit and the suburb of Wolfshanger was devastated, in part due to an ammunition dump being hit. 118 deaths on the ground.
Reason for Loss Turned back due to damage but was shot down by a Bf110 night-fighter crewed by Ofw. Vinke, Uffz. Dunger and Uffz. Walter of 11./NJG 1, and crashed within metres of Terschelling.
 
 
 
 

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