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Ancil Clair Holman


Took part in Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti on 1-Aug-43, flying in B-24 Liberator 41-11803.

Crew member B-24 Liberator 41-24026 'Baby', 21-Aug-43 mission to Cancello, Italy marshalling yards, A/C dropped its bomb payload on target and was being attacked by numerous fighters and taking heavy damage. Lt. Minnich and Lt. Cook were still in the cockpit trying to level the plane, now in a spin, so the rest of the crew could bail out. Lt. Minnich waved us all out with his right arm as he levelled the plane for a few moments. Only 3 survived the bail out. KIA. MACR 377.


Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 344th Bomb Squadron

    344th Bomb Squadron

    The 344th Bombing Squadron was first activated at MacDill Field, Florida as one of the original three squadrons assigned to the 98th Bombardment Group. The 344th soon moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana, where it began to train as a Consolidated B-24...


  • 41-24026 'Baby'

    B-24 Liberator
    Flew on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid piloted by Francis E Weisler, aborting before the target. ...

  • 41-11803 - Rosie Wrecked 'Em

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24D Liberator, 41-11803, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, was in the 9th Air Force, the 98th Bomb Group, the Pyramiders, and the 344th Bomb Squadron. The pilot, Lt. Herbert Arens, flew, Rosie Wrecked 'Em, on the Ploesti oil refinery mission, flying on the wing...


  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...


Event Location Date
Born Bell County, KY 1923

Son of Henry Clay and Juletie Barbra [Robbins] Holman.

Died Cancello CR, Italy 21 September 1943

Failed to Return (FTR) Cancello, Italy in B-24 41-24026 'Baby'; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 377

Buried Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial
Nettuno, Provincia di Roma
Lazio, Italy.
Plot E Row 12 Grave 49


Date Contributor Update
16 December 2021 22:20:45 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
01 September 2020 11:40:26 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Ploesti Sortie Reports for the 98th Bomb Group;;

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