1/Lt. Joseph M. Holland

(C. Olshavsky)

1/Lt. Joseph M. Holland

338th FS - 02 March 1945 - 10 April 1945 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CL- 44-72274

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
367 10 April 1945 Burg Airfield
Air Scores
Ground Scores

Entered service from New Jersey.
ASN - O-830223
02 March 1945 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
10 April 1945 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 13774

1/Lt. Kenneth M. Lashbrook reported: "I was flying element leader in White flight on 10 April 1945, when we attacked an airfield at Burg, Germany.  Upon starting a second pass I noticed Lt. Holland, who was flying Red 4, about 300 yards in front of me and about 130 feet off the deck, just breaking off his attack on an E/A on the ground. The aircraft we were attacking were parked on the edge of woods which necessitated sharp pull up after firing.  From my point of view Lt. Holland seemed too high over the trees and was caught in a cross fire of light flak which was very intense.  His ship wobbled a bit from one wing to another and then crashed in an open field southeast of the airfield mentioned.  He had no time to bail out.  There was no fire but the ship was completely destroyed."

Dick Herbst reported that Holland must have been hit in the cockpit because his ship rolled over and went into the ground upside down.  Lt. Holland is buried at Plot A, Row 14, Grave 9, in the Ardennes American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium.

Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Additional Photo

Lt. Holland's grave at the Ardennes American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium. (Paul Patist)

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