Christopher Norman Holweger

Military

Object Number - UPL 57058 - Norman Holweger on left with their B-24 Bomber, Hadley's Harem.

Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF. TDY to 9AF USAAF. Member of David Kilpatrick crew. Flew Ploesti mission 1-Aug-43 in B-24 41-24311 'Hadleys Harem'; ditched, interned (INT) Turkey

Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME (3 x Battle Stars).

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Units served with

The insignia of the 490th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-661482
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: B-24D Pilot
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 490th Bomb Group 848th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-693994
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Nicknames: - Hadley's Harem
  • Unit: 98th Bomb Group 344th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 1 August 1943
  • Official Description: 177 B-24’s, of IX Bomber Command (including Heavy Bombers on loan from Eighth AF) are dispatched to bomb oil refineries at Ploesti and nearby Campina. The operation (TIDALWAVE) is costly, 54 planes and 532 airmen being lost, but damage to the targets...

Places

Eye, home of the 490th Bomb Group, photographed from the air. Image via Mark Brown, AFA. Written on slide casing: 'Eye from air.'
  • Site type: Airfield
  • Known as: Brome

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Warren County, OH 1920-07-26

Died

Middletown, OH 1955-06-30

Buried

Woodside Cemetery Middletown, Butler County, OH Woodside Cemetery Middletown, Butler County, Ohio

Based

Eye Assigned to 848BS, 490BG, 8AF USAAF.

Enlisted

Cincinnati, OH 1942-08-17 Cincinnati, Ohio

Other

Interned (INT)

Turkey 1943-08-01 Interned (INT), Turkey

Other

Ditched INT

Off Antalya, Turkey 1943-08-01 Flew Ploesti mission 1-Aug-43 in B-24 41-24311 'Hadleys Harem'; ditched, interned (INT)

Revisions

Date2 May 2022 14:24:19
Contributorjospencer
Sources

Jo Holweger Spencer, only child of Sgt. Christopher Norman Holweger

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:25
ContributorAAM
Sources

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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