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Drew Franklin Holbrook

Military

Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield. On return spotted melee with 2 x dozen Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in ensuing dogfight. Prisoner of War (POW). 23-Dec-44. MACR 11437.

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME, UN and Korea medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF serving in Korea and Vietnam rising to rank of Colonel.

Service

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-28425

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield. On return spotted melee with 2 x dozen Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in ensuing dogfight. Pilot 1Lt Drew F Holbrook POW. 23-Dec-44. MACR 11437.

Associated Place

  • Woodchurch

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Advanced Landing Ground used in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings, Woodchurch was handed to the Ninth Air Force in 1944, where it was the brief home of the 373rd Fighter Group. It was abandoned and dismantled in 1944-1945. . The present...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Hennepin County, MN, USA 15 December 1917
Lived in San Bernardino, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Denver, CO, USA 11 May 1942
Based Woodchurch 1944

Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF.

Shot down Euskirchen, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield. On return spotted melee with 2 x dozen Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in ensuing dogfight. POW. 23-Dec-44. MACR 11437.

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 23 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Buried Little Rock, AR, USA November 2000

Little Rock National Cemetery
Little Rock
Pulaski County
Arkansas, USA

Died San Bernardino, CA, USA 24 November 2000

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 January 2017 11:13:31 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmdate.asp?thedate=441223&Submit...
https://www.fold3.com/image/46699459
https://www.fold3.com/page/63100489_drew_f%20holbrook/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/84623533_drew_f%20holbrook/details/
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=72758701

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