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Willard M Holden


Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-38012 while serving as Tail Gunner. Aircraft was shot down by fighters and crashed at Witzenhausen, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 43-38012

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 43-38012 was delivered Cheyenne 15-Jun-44; Kearney 27-Jun-44; Dow Fd 9-Jul-44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-L] Bassingbourn 23-Jul-44. Attacked on 16-Aug-44 by German fighters while on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Halle, Germany. Attack...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Grove Hill, Alabama, USA
Killed in Action (KIA) Witzenhausen, Germany 16 August 1944

Killed when aircraft was shot down by German fighters as crashed at Witzenhausen, Germany.

Buried Neupré, Belgium 1945

Originally buried by the Germans in the cemetery of Ermsschwerd, Germany. After the war his remains were recovered anf re-iterred at the Ardennes American Cemetery, Plot B, Row 44, Grave 1.


Date Contributor Update
17 December 2014 23:07:15 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 17-Dec-2014. Added SN and KIA event per MACR 8180, Added Burial event and Decoration per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) record; Made connections to Place, Aircraft and Mission within existing website data; crafted biography per "Losses of the 8th & 9th AIr Forces" Stan Bishop & john A Hey MBE.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:28 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8180 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database