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.