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James E Holsomback


Killed in Action (KIA) on phot bombing raid as plane crashed on take off with engine fire. Earlier on 7 Nov 1942 B-24D-1-CO 41-23710 'Hares to Ya' had crash landing with no crew injured except McBride who had a flak wound to his leg. Plane is also listed as 'Here's to Ya'


Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 329th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-23710 Hare's To Ya

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was assigned to the 93BG/329BS and participated in the mission to Lille, France on 7-Nov-1942. The aircraft crash-landed at RAF Exter and all the crew except pilot Capt Ralph J. McBride, Jr. were uninjured. Capt McBride sustained a wound...

  • 41-24309

    B-24 Liberator
    Crashed at Mendham, Suffolk on a night training exercise. Aircraft burnt out. 9 crew killed, 3 survived.


Event Location Date
Born Alabama 24 August 1918
Killed in action 28 May 1943
Buried Shelby County, AL, USA


Date Contributor Update
02 December 2016 15:28:37 general ira snapsorter Changes to firstname, events, aircraft associations and media associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- roster
(Record stated name as James E Holsomback)

Changed first name of this record from Leonard to James.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:36 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey p. 44 Ted's Travelling Circus p. 215-16 by C.. Stewart with crew picture p.215 and attack on plane p. 216. Accident report on p. 125