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1st Lt Frank William "Bill" Holliday in P51D of 359th FG, 369th FS, photo taken at East Wretham, England circa August 1944. This is one of 16 different P-51 B,C, and D's he flew during his 35 missions from June 23,1944, until his last when KIA on September 11, 1944

This P51D serial number is likely one of these 4: 44-13390, 44-14188, 44-13336, 44-14307

44-14307 IV-P is the plane Holliday was flying the day he shot down an ME109 over Erfurt, and then was shot down himself over Meiches, Germany apprx 15 minutes later at around noon September 11, 1944

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Units

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 369th Fighter Squadron

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  • Frank Holliday

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot
    From his nephew: "He was promoted to 1st Lt shortly after being MIA. 1st Lt Frank William "Bill" Holliday was KIA, NOT in France, but just outside the German Town of Meiches apprx noon local time, on Sept 11, 1944. This information is clearly called...

Locations

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...

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31 October 2014 02:59:01 battleshipguy Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations
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