2/Lt. Bradford R. Wikholm

(D. Henry)

2/Lt. Bradford R. Wikholm

338th FS - 13 February 1944 - 18 March 1944 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38J 42-67989

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
63 18 March 1944 Friedrichshafen
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Notes ASN - O-753770
13 February 1944 - Joined the 338th Fighter Squadron
18 March 1944 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 03100
Capt. Val W. Bollwerk reported: "2/Lt. Bradford R. Wikholm was flying in my flight.  We were in the target area and engaged with enemy aircraft.  He was hit in the right engine and started burning.  He dived and put the fire out.  The E/A were chased away from him.  He was going down and to the west, apparently all right, for he had the A/C under control at approximately 6,000 feet.  I was then bounced by 4 E/A and lost him.  This was the last I saw of him and he was not under attack by E/A when I last sighted him.  I did not see him bail out, and believe he definitely had the A/C under control when I last saw him."
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Some records claim Lt. Wikholm went down near Gottenheim, Germany and others France.

The U.S. Army was contacted by villagers in and around Hohwarth/St. Pierre Bois, France that an American airman was buried in a local church cemetery. They eventually sent an Army graves and registration recovery unit into the area and investigated this along with numerous other claims and found it was true and exhumed Lt. Wilkholm's remains and interred him at the new U.S. Military Cemetery at St Avold, Metz, France. In January 1949 he was returned to the U.S. and buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.

Memories Lt. Wikholm's story. (Reproduced with permission of the author, Dan Henry).
Additional Photographs. Nb. Photos open in new windows.  Close new window to return to this page. Lt. Wikholm next to his P-38 (D. Henry)

Lt. Brad Wikholm getting married to Mary Ellen on March 20th 1943 while he was still an Air Corps cadet (D. Henry)

Lt. Wikholm sitting in a P-38 talking to Lt. Goodman (on wing) (D. Henry)

Newspaper clipping from the Los Angeles Times on 15th March 1944, showing Lt. Wilkholm and Lt. Goodman. (D. Henry)

Lt. Wilkholm's grave on the day or so after Brad was buried in the small walled cemetery at St. Gilles church in Hohwarth, France. The little boy on the left is now buried in that same grave. (D. Henry)

Lt. Brad's Wilkholm's headstone at the Golden Gate National Cemetary (D. Henry)

Duane Wikholm (Brads youngest sibling who was 12 when Brad died) examining the prop (note the bullet holes near tip) from Brads P-38, in the small private collection of Mr Patrick Baumann in Holtzwihr, France. (D. Henry)

Memorial to Lt. Wilkholm, formally dedicated on the 60th anniversary of his death, by the villagers of Hohwarth in France. (D. Henry)

The memorial to Lt. Wikholm just after unveiling, showing two French AF officers next to the monument and the volunteer firemen honour guard flanking them. (D. Henry)

L to R: Patrick Baumann (who did much of the research and coordinating for the memorial to Lt. Wikholm), Lt. Brad Wikholm's niece (and Dan Henry's wife) Annette, and Dan Henry.  Group standing on the actual impact site of Lt. Wikholm's P-38.

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