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Robert J Holdom

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Pilot, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down July 14, 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action(KIA). Buried in Normandy AMC.
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  • William Bechter

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 381st Bomb Group
    Navigator, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Normandy AMC. Burlingame, CA

  • William Coleman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 381st Bomb Group
    ETTG, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Originally buried at St Andre-Eureaux, FR. Reinterred in the Arlington National...

  • William Craver

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 381st Bomb Group
    Radio Operator, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in Vienna, OH. Warren, OH

  • Kenneth Fossan

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    LWG, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in Willows, CA. Willows, CA

  • Robert Gravelyn

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Co-pilot, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th Af. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to the airfield at Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. Grand Rapids, MI

  • James Phillips

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 381st Bomb Group
    Bombardier, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in Normandy AMC. Jasper, AL

  • Morris Pryor

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    TG, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. KIA. Buried in Bonne Terre, MO. Flat River, MO

  • Raymond Pulliner

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    BTG, Holdom Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 in B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action (KIA). Buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery. Dobbs Ferry, NY

  • James Scollon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    RWG, Holdom, R. Crew. 381st BG, 535th BS, 8th AF. Shot down 14 July 1943 on B-17 #42-30011 "Widget". Mission #9 to Amiens-Glisy, France. MACR 133. Killed in Action. ...

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 535th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30011 Widget

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/4/43; Pueblo 8/4/43; Smoky Hill 11/5/43; Dow Fd 23/5/43; Assigned 535BS/381BG [MS-R] Ridgewell 6/4/43 with Bob Holdom, Bob Gravelyn, Bill Bechter, Jim Phillips, Bill Coleman, Bill Craver, Morris Pryor, Ray Pulliner, Ken Fossan, Jim...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 66

    23 June 1943
    A combined force of 172 B-17s is despatched from 91BG (13); 92BG (14); 303BG (22); 305BG (21); 306BG (22); 351BG (20); 379BG (20); 381BG (22); and 384BG (18). Also 8 YB-40 gunships from 92BG are interspersed in the formation. The intention was for 140...

  • VIII Bomber Command 68

    26 June 1943
    The targets for today are all Luftwaffe installations: the Villacoublay air depot SW of Paris, France is the primary; the airfield at Poissy, France is attacked as the secondary because of cloud cover; the airfield at Tricqueville, France; and the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, IN, USA 14 November 1914
Enlisted 20 May 1942
Based May 1943 – 14 July 1943
Killed in Action France 14 July 1943
Buried

Plot B
Row 21
Grave 35

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 02:54:10 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 02:30:21 ARowe95 Changes to biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
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24 November 2017 21:17:47 ARowe95 Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
03 November 2017 18:33:33 ARowe95 Changes to mission associations
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20 October 2017 04:36:38 ARowe95 Changes to surname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations and place associations
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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 133 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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