Kenneth LeRoy Holder

Military
Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod to reach out for an American flag flying from a flag pole. A group of American airmen look on. They wear the insignia of the RAF Eagle Squadrons, the forerunners of the squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group. Passed for publication on 27 November 1941. Printed caption on reverse: 'Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder from Buena Park, California, stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod from media-377284.jpg FRE 29 Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod to reach out for an American flag flying from a flag pole. A group of American airmen look on. They wear the insignia of the RAF Eagle Squadrons, the forerunners of the squadrons of the 4th Fighter Group. Passed for publication on 27 November 1941. Printed caption on reverse: 'Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder from Buena Park, California, stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod from Blackstone, Massachusetts, to fix the American flag at the squadron's flying headquarters in Britain.' Roger Freeman Collection

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

Object Number - FRE 29 - Pilot Officer Kenneth Le Roy Holder stands on the shoulders of Pilot Officer Donald William McLeod to reach out for an American flag flying from a...

Joined RAFVR, assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF, failed to return from patrol off Lincolnshire coast in Spitfire AA871. Killed in Action (KIA) 12-12-41. Body recovered from sea two weeks later.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: Spitfire
  • Nicknames: Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Unit: No 121 'Eagle' Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

North Sea 12 December 1941 Failed to return from patrol off Lincolnshire coast in Spitfire AA871. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried/ Commemorated

Cemetery Ln, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4, UK Old Ipswich Cemetery, Ipswich, Ipswich Borough, Suffolk, England.

Other

Joined RAFVR

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Other

Assigned

Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 12 December 1941 Assigned to 121 [Eagle] Sqn RAF

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Sources

Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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