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William Murray Holland Jr

Military

Killed on 24th or 25th mission. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including William, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Henry Brannan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Billy Freeman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Billy, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Thomas Glaspell

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Dean Landfear

    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Dean, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • William Munro

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator; Bombardier | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Commissioned at 18, the youngest officer at the time. Killed on 24th mission right after 20th birthday. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed...

  • Leighton Patterson

    Military | Flight Officer | Navigator | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Leighton, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Richard Pugh

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Pugh had recently been named CO of the 327th Bomb Sqn. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including...

  • Harry Scott

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner; Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Harry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: PH.

  • Charles Slayton

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator; Tail Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed in Action (KIA). Mission after 24th mission: Solingen, but mission was scrubbed due to weather 'Sharon Belle' 42-30408 was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Charles

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30408 Sharon Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/5/43; Gore 9/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Tinker 7/7/43; Gr Isle 28/7/43; Presque Is 4/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-Q] Alconbury 14/8/43; detailed Solingen but blew up near RAF Silverstone, crashed Astwell Castle, Helmdon,...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Live Oak County, TX 5 November 1920

Son of William Murray Snr and Mabel Claire [Lewis] Holland.

Enlisted San Antonio, TX 31 December 1941
Lived in Texas, USA 1942
Based Podington 1943 – 30 November 1943

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Astwell Castle Farm, UK 30 November 1943

Solingen mission in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle'; A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. KIA.

Buried Gussettville Cemetery, George West, TX 1948

Re-Interred
Gussettville Cemetery
George West,
Live Oak County, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 18:37:35 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310952990?rec=300716552
https://www.fold3.com/record/84774407-william-m-holland-jr
https://www.fold3.com/page/84774407-william-m-holland-jr/facts
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/50760587/william-murray-holland

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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