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William J Mulholland


Bill went on flight status at the age of 30. He acquired the nickname "The Count" or "Count Nickels" after telling the other flyers tales of working in the NYC subway System where he said the change booth attendant was called "Count Nickels."

Mullholland arrived in the UK on 1 June 1943 and worked as an instrument specialist and mechanic for the 44th Bomb Group, he spent 10 days at Chorley replacement centre. In January 1944 he was trained as an aerial gunner and given operational status.

From February 1944 to March 1945, Mullholland completed 30 missions. He often flew as waist gunner, but also served as togglier, ball turret gunner, nose gunner, top turret gunner and tail gunner on occasions.

Mullholland's personal combat diary is available online here:



  • Coyle Acuff

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) - shot down by flak and crashed near Paris on 6/27/44 in B-24 #41-29496 POW

  • Kenneth Adrian

    Military | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • F Albers

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Frederick Albers

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 388th Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters on a mission to Erkner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944, B-17G #42-37819 crashed NE of Brunswick, GR. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Martin Bachrach

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Milton Bailey

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Herbert Bayless

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot; Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    Shot down 2 December 1944 in B-24 42-50766. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Adeland Beauchene

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Fred Benkert

    Military | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

  • Eugene Bockstedt

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 506th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-50766

    B-24 Liberator
    "Part of the formation that attacked the Bingen marshalling yard on 2 December 1944 was the Liberator of pilot Herbert L. Bayless of 44 BG (506 BS). Like the ship of pilot Billingsley it was also attacked by German Me-109’s of IV./JG 3 and set ablaze....

  • 42-50789 LAKANOOKIE

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-73506 Black Jack

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24J 42-73506 44th BG, 506th B Sq 'Black Jack' (2nd) - Lt G Johnson Crew - his plane was the 2nd B-24 'Black Jack'. ...

  • 42-95150 'Passion Pit'

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95209 Sabrina III

    B-24 Liberator
    Sabrina III, #42-95209, 506 Sq. was built at the Ford Willow Run plant and first flown in combat by the Richard Hruby crew. Her 106 missions were an amazing record for any B-24 at a time when 15 missions were about average. ...

  • 44-40158 Tinker Belle

    B-24 Liberator
    Transferred to the 44th BG 13 Aug 44. ...

  • 42-95016 DOWN 'DE HATCH

    B-24 Liberator
    Completed 93 combat missions

  • 42-7642 M'Darling

    B-24 Liberator
    Suffered a landing gear collapse on 11 May 1944

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  • 8th Air Force 233 BIG WEEK - DAY 5

    24 February 1944
    BIG WEEK resumes with full intensity against the German aircraft industry. Bomber tactics are changed slightly in that each Air Division will be directed at more widely dispersed primary targets which it is thought will frustrate concentration...

  • 8th Air Force 235 BIG WEEK - DAY 6

    25 February 1944
    On this final operation of BIG WEEK, Day 6, a combined force of 754 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Regensburg, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Furth, Germany. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 246

    3 March 1944
    A combined force of 748 heavy bombers are despatched to bomb the primary targets of Berlin, Erkner and Oranienburg, Germany, but weather and dense contrails forced most of the formations to turn back or seek Targets of Opportunity (TOs). 1st Combat...

  • 8th Air Force 250

    6 March 1944
    The industrial areas of Berlin and Genshagen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. A combined force of 730 heavy bombers are despatched from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions. The despatch from 3rd Air Division bombs Targets of Opportunity in...

  • 8th Air Force 259

    15 March 1944
    The industrial areas of the secondary target of Brunswick, Germany. A combined force of 344 heavy bombers from 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched. Mission Summary follows: ...

  • 8th Air Force 264

    18 March 1944
    The German aircraft industries and aie depots are the main objectives of this mission. A combined total of 738 heavy bombers from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Air Divisions are despatched to bomb the German aircraft industries at Oberpfaffenhofen and...

  • 8th Air Force 270

    21 March 1944
    The V-Weapon site at Watten, France is the target for this mission. A combined force of 65 B-24s from: 44BG; 93BG; 392BG; and 458BG are despatched. 7 aircraft are damaged. There are no other losses, casualties or claims.

  • 8th Air Force 287

    1 April 1944
    The industrial areas of Ludwigshafen was the traget for this mission, but the mission was frustrated by heavy cloud cover and navigational errors that resulted in the mission going haywire. 3rd Air Division and 2nd Air Division despatch heavy bombers....

  • 8th Air Force 298

    11 April 1944

  • 336

    3 May 1944

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Associated Place

  • Chorley

    Military site : non-airfield
    Washington Hall was part of the huge Replacement Control Depot network for processing troops newly arrived in England from ports such as Liverpool, prior to their being assigned a unit and had a similar function to the camps at Stone, Staffordshire.

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...


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Date Contributor Update
20 November 2019 15:12:06 general ira snapsorter Changes to service number, biography and media associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from Brian Wickham, stepson of William J. Mulholland (deceased.) User

Date Contributor Update
19 November 2019 10:59:31 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Combat Diary

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