Dewey A Holst


Object Number - UPL 19181 - Veterans of the 303rd Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Group and 448th Bomb Group at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Reunion, Omaha, October 2015

Evaded (EVD) Crashed at Ludwigschafen on 8/26/44 in B-24 #4250788

Dewey said that during the war, England was so full of planes and bases, he was surprised it didn't sink!

He flew on the same aircraft as his brother David, David was navigator, whilst Dewey was in the tail gun. David decided where the aircraft was going, but Dewey was checking to see where they'd been.

After his final mission, he got out and kissed the ground, he promised to never fly again. In 2015 he took the Honor flight, he was surprised by the comfortable conditions in the plane, they even served you drinks!

Dewey married the love of his life Lillie Mae in 1945 after meeting her at college. After meeting her for the first time, he told his mother he'd met the woman he was going to marry. They named their daughter Vinita, after Dewey had travelled through Vinita, Oklahoma. He had seen the name, whilst passing through and thought it would be a good name for his daughter. Lillie Mae died 27 March 2014


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Units served with

The insignia of the 448th Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment


  • Aircraft Type: B-24 Liberator
  • Unit: 448th Bomb Group 714th Bomb Squadron


Event Location Date Description


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA



Ludwigshafen, Germany 26 August 1944


Date19 Oct 2015 23:56:35

I spoke to Dewey Holst at the 8thAF HS reunion at Omaha Nebraska, 14-18 October.

I further researched him, using the following sources:
Lillie Mae's Obituary

Martin Bowman, We were the Eagles Vol 3 via Google Books

Date7 Jul 2015 23:20:27

Changed fate from KIA to crashed due to the fact that Nancy Toombs of the 8th AFHS has interviewed him.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:07:17

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8608 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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