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The photo is 1st. Lt. Reginald C. Holliday, serving as a Flight Control Officer with the 493rd Bomb Group, Debach UK. Prior to his service with the 493rd Lt. Holliday completed 28 combat missions as a co-pilot with the 100th Bomb Group, 418th Bomb Squadron, Thorpe Abbotts UK on missions flown Dec. 1943-May 1944. Of interest, the ring worn on his right hand is worn now by his granddaughter.

Credit: The R. Holliday Collection - All Rights Reserved.

Extensive Image Repair & Colourisation - Nathan Howland @HowdiColour.



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Date Contributor Update
07 October 2018 23:34:14 Randyhol Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations

Randy Holliday, son of Lt. Reginald C. Holliday