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Maurice M. Holm, Pilot
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MAURICE M. HOLM CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 17 Aug 1944 - photo: Aug 1944)

(Back L-R) 1Lt Maurice M. Holm (P), 1Lt Edward A. Davis (B),
2Lt Harold D. Fletcher (CP), 1Lt Paul A. Howard (N)

(Front L-R) S/Sgt Robert L. Huck (WG), T/Sgt John A. Dale (R),
S/SGt Preston P. Ebert (BT), T/Sgt M.C. Compton (E), S/Sgt George E. Copeland (TG)

37 Dispatched (36 credited) combat missions flown by 1Lt Maurice M. Holm:
234 (30 Aug 1944), 236, 240, 243, 246, 249, 250, 251, 254, 255, 256, 258, 259, 260, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268(A), 269, 271, 272, 273, 275, 276, 277, 280, 281, 283, 284, 286, 289, 291, 293, 295 (1 Jan 1945). (A) Non-Credited aborted mission. For Mission dates, targets and Mission Reports, see Combat Missions.

Crew Notes:

  • 1Lt Maurice M. Holm (P) - First mission (234) flown with a combat experienced CoPilot. All other missions flown as First Pilot. Completed Combat tour, 36 credited missions, on 1 Jan 1945 (Mission 295).
  • 2Lt Harold D. Fletcher (CP) - First mission (234) flown with an experience Pilot. Flew on 34 missions with 1Lt Holm (All of Lt Holm missions except 265 & 266 where substitute CoPilots were used). Flew on 3 missions with other Pilots (234, 285, 287). Completed combat tour, 36 credited missions, on 1 Jan 1945 (Mission 295).
  • 1Lt Paul A. Howard (N), T/Sgt M.C. Compton (E), T/Sgt John A. Dale (R), S/Sgt Preston P. Ebert (BTG) - Flew on all of the 1Lt Holm combat missions. Completed combat tour, 36 credited missions, on 1 Jan 1945 (Mission 295).
  • 1Lt Edward A. Davis (B) - Flew on 9 missions with 1Lt Holm (234, 236, 240, 243, 246, 249, 250, 293, 295) and 21 missions with other Pilots (251, 252, 253, 255, 258, 259, 261, 263, 265, 266, 267, 268, 274, 276, 280, 281, 283, 287, 288, 299, 290). Completed 30 credited mission combat tour on 1 Jan 1945 (mission 195). Substitute Bombardiers or Toggliers used by 1Lt Holm on the 27 combat missions where 1Lt Davis was not used.
  • Sgt Robert L. Huck (WG) - Flew on 35 credited missions with 1Lt Holm (All of the 1Lt Holm missions except for 283 where a substitute Waist Gunner was used) and one mission with another Pilot (287). Completed combat tour, 36 credited missions, on 1 Jan 1945 (mission 295).
  • S/Sgt George E. Copeland (TG) - Flew on 22 credited combat missions with 1Lt Holm (234, 236, 240, 243, 246, 249, 250, 251, 254, 255, 256, 258, 259, 260, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268(A), 269 and 271) and no other missions with other Pilots. Completed 22 credited t missions on 10 Nov 1944 (mission 271). Substitute Tail Gunners used on the remaining 14 1Lt Holm combat missions.


Thirteen B-17Gs flown by 1Lt Maurice M. Holm on his 37 dispatched combat missions:
See our Nose Art for photos of the named B-17s.
Serial No. Aircraft Name Squadron ID Code Missions flown
42-102945 Sweet Pea (358) VK-M 234, 277
42-97298 The Floose (358) VK-H 236, 255, 259
43-37590 Neva - The Silver Lady (358) VK-Q 240, 243, 250, 254, 264
42-38462 Teddy's Rough Riders (358) VK-I 251
43-38554 Bouncing Betty III (358) VK-M 263, 265, 266, 267, 271,
272, 273, 280, 281, 283,
284, 286, 289, 291, 293, 295
44-8427 Henn's Revenge (358) VK-E 268 (A)
43-38200 (No name) (358) VK-E 246, 249
44-6523 (No name) (360) PU-A 256
43-38451 (No name) (358) VK-D 258
42-97972 (No name) (358) VK-N 262
44-6006 (No name) (358) VK-D 269
43-38238 (No name) (358) VK-L 275
42-97860 (No name) (360) PU-L 276

[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]