HOLMES, HAROLD PERCIVAL, Technical Sergeant, # 39691533, USAAF

 

Harold P. Holmes was born on 20 November 1923 in Fresno, California, to Arthur Wendell Holmes (1895-1983) (MA) and Elizabeth Dorothy (Kerner) Holmes (1896-1980) (married 19 August 1916, Fresno, CA). Siblings included Delbert Wendell Holmes (1918-1994) and Marilyn Louise Holmes (1923-2000).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by Western Electric Co., resided at 539 N. Fourth St., Fresno, CA, and described himself as 6’1”, 170 lbs, with brown hair and green eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Fresno, CA, on 5 January 1943. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems on the C-47 Skytrain (engineer/crew chief). He was sent overseas through India to China. On 18 August 1944 a C-47A Skytrain, # 42-108930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Yunnanyi, China, departed its airfield on a combat mission to resupply troops. It was shot down by enemy aircraft southwest of Mangshih, China, at about 1600 hrs. It was last seen by Capt. James G. Owen Jr., 0-669779. The C-47 was located and 6 of 7 bodies found (that of TSgt Holmes not found). The C-47, at about a hundred feet, banked to allow kickers to push cargo out, was hit by groundfire. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Delbert W. Holmes, born 4 January 1918, served in the U.S. Navy from 15 February 1943 to 4 December 1945. He died 27 January 1994 and is buried in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, Washington.

MANN, JOE TOWNLEY, JR., Staff Sergeant, # 38412197, USAAF

 

Joe T. Mann Jr. was born on 23 September 1922 in Conroe, Texas to Joe T. Mann (1892-1978) and Mattie Bess (Williams) Mann (1894-1997). He married Joe Katherine Tajan (1919-1992) on 27 June 1942 in Brazos Co., TX.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by Houston Ship Building Co., resided at 4325 Sherman St., Houston, Texas, and described himself as 5’10”, 165 lbs, with red hair and brown eyes. After enlisting, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the C-47 Skytrain. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 18 August 1944 a C-47A Skytrain, # 42-108930, assigned to 14th Air Force, 27th Troop Carrier Squadron, Yunnanyi, China, departed its airfield on a combat mission to resupply troops. It was shot down by enemy aircraft southwest of Mangshih, China, at about 1600 hrs. It was last seen by Capt. James G. Owen Jr., 0-669779. The C-47 was located and 6 of 7 bodies found (that of TSgt Holmes not found). The C-47, at about a hundred feet, banked to allow kickers to push cargo out, was hit by groundfire. SSgt Mann was fatally wounded. His remains were first buried in the American military cemetery in Kunming, China, then brought to the U.S. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, on 6 November 1947 (Sec. M, Grave 213).