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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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11.09.1944 No. 369th Fighter Squadron P51D Mustang 44-14307 IV-P 1st Lt. Holliday

Operation: Strafing

Date: 11th September 1944

Unit: No. 369th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group

Type: P51D Mustang

Serial: 44-14307

Code: IV-P

Base: East Wretham, Norfolk, England

Location: Meiches, Germany

Pilot: 1st Lt Frank William "Bill" Holliday O-701758 USAAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Probably shot down by Oblt Konrad Bauer II/JG-300 (Me109) "He was officially credited with the destruction of an Me109 on September 11th 1944 approximately 15 minutes before being shot down himself.

He was earlier credited with damaging an ME109 and damaging 2 railroad coaches during missions.

Captain Wilbur C. Ziegler, station Chaplain, leads pilots of the 359th Fighter Group in prayer at East Wretham, Norfolk, England January 1944 (Wikipedia)

Burial details:

1st Lt Frank William "Bill" Holliday. Margraten American War Cemetery, Holland. Plot H. Row 9. Grave 22. From Red Willow County, Nebraska, USA. Awarded the Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Researcher Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered November 2016. With thanks to Pete Stevens, Des Philippet, Loren Bender for photographs.

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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