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Visiting the crash site of Mag the Hag II

Relative researching crash of Minot WWII pilot in Germany

July 14, 2013
Minot Daily News

Editor's note: Paul Butterworth, of Newnan, Ga., who is a relative of Minot pilot 1st Lt. Harry W. Eck, and Eric Coloney in June visited the site in Germany where Eck crashed when the B-17G Flying Fortress that he was flying was shot down and crashed during World War II. Butterworth and Coloney are former military pilots and retired Delta Airlines pilots. The crash site is about a two-hour drive northeast of Frankfurt, Germany. Butterworth has extensively researched information about Eck and the crash In August 2012, Eck's remains were interred at Fort Snelling National Cemetery at St. Paul, Minn. Prior, Eck's remains and the remains of three other crew members were identified by U.S. officials and then returned to their families for burials with full military honors. The crew members had been buried by German forces in a cemetery in Neusadt, Germany. Of the nine crew members in the crash, one survived. Eck, a native of Minot, was the son of the late Harry B. Eck, a longtime Minot businessman, and the late Hilma Eck. He was the stepson of the late Gertrude "Tillie" Eck of Minot. Lt. Eck completed 20 or more bombing missions before the fatal mission on Sept. 13, 1944. Memorial services for Lt. Eck were held in Minot in May 1946. A Veterans Administration marker for him is located in the Eck family plot in Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot. The Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot has a new exhibit about 1st Lt. Eck with information from Butterworth.



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