14-18 SEPTEMBER 2023

Dean, Holgate Joseph

Individual Personnel Data
Name Dean, Holgate Joseph   
Rank Sergeant / Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 11055383   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per General Orders #176, HQ 2nd Air Force, dated 20 November 1942, effective 28 December 1942., effective 28 December 1943.
Duty Flexible Gunner
Last Duty Date 25 July 1943
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupré, Belgium: Plot C Row 3 Grave 33
Additional Information
  • Appointed Staff Sergeant effective 1 May 1943 per 544th Bomb Squadron Morning Report dated 1 May 1943.
  • Ditched in Atlantic on flight From Gander, Newfoundland, to England on 10 June 1943. Rescued by a Canadian minesweeper and returned to Presque Isle, Maine. Completed the deployment to England on an ATC C-54, and joined Group later.
Related Documents Post Loss Document File #10

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 2 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
-- 10 June 1943 Location: Tail Gunner 42‑30041 On ferry flight to the ETO, departed Gander late on 9 June 1943. Engine failures led to ditching in the ocean off the coast of Labrador.
Sortie Report
9 24 July 1943 Target: Aluminum & Magnesium Plants
Type: Industry
Location: Herøya, Norway
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑30142 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
10 25 July 1943 Target: Blohm & Voss Aircraft Works and Shipyard
Type: Industry
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑29670 Combat Mission Credit
Failed To Return
Disabled by enemy action over target; details unknown; crashed in Hamburg, Germany area. No MACR
Sortie Report

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