Fell out of formation after bombing target at Diepholz, GR on 21 Feb 1944 with trouble in two engines and unable to feather the props in B-17GSH #42-30280 'Crazy Horse' of 482BG/812BS. Later attacked by FW190 and crashed in lake IJsselmeer near Ermelo/Harderwijk, the Netherands. Killed in Action (KIA).
1Lt. Holcombe kept a/c in level flight to allow crew to bale out, all bailed out over land, 1LT Holcombe landed in the water and drowned. He was washed ashore on 3 May 1944 near Bunschoten. He was first burried in Amersfoort at cemetery 'Rusthof' and moved to the American cemetery at Margraten on 11 March 1946.
AM w/Oak Leaf Cluster
Units served with
The 482nd Bomb Group was a Pathfinder Group, which using radar-equipped aircraft to support bombing missions until March 1944. Aircraft from this Group went ahead of other Bombers and sent information back about the best routes to take and the extent...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Delivered Boeing (by land) 17/6/43 (H2X); Wright Fd 5/7/43; Rome 21/7/43; Patterson 3/8/43; Kansas City 8/8/43; Gd Island 22/9/43; Assigned 812BS/482BG [MI-L] Alconbury 30/9/43; Missing in Action Brunswick 21/2/44 with Capt Gerald Binks (Com P, evd....
Military site : airfield
Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...
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