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. Aboard were:
Pilot Capt. William B. Williamson Jr. 0-424321
Co-Pilot 1stLt Charles B. Bierbaum 0-540131
Crew Chief TSgt Harold P. Holmes 39691533
Radio Operator SSgt Joe T. Mann Jr. 38412197
Three cargo “kickers” from the 3rd Air Cargo Squadron (names not listed on MACR). 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 next-of-kin listed were:
Williamson William B. Williamson, F, 124 State St., Augusta, Maine
Bierbaum Mary W. Bierbaum, M, 3636 Garfield Ave. South, Minneapolis, Minn.
Holmes Elomore S. Holmes, W, 4188 Belmont St., Fresno, CA
Mann W, 410 Sidney St., Houston, TX