HOLST, ALYOIS EVERETT, Staff Sergeant, # 17108423, USAAF
Alyois E. Holst was born on 6 November 1921 in Goodhue, Minnesota, to Holst and (Hoffman) Holst. He was married to Joyce Marie (Bishop) Holst (1923-2002). In 1993 he lived at 2086 Wesley St., Salina, Kansas.
Alyois E. Holst enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Snelling, Minnesota, on 3 September 1942. He was trained in the maintenance and operation of the .50 caliber machineguns on the B-29 Superfortress. He served as right waist gunner on the mission upon which he died. In addition to flying “the Hump,” the 468th Bomb Group B-29 aircraft bombed the enemy in Bangkok, (Siam) Thailand, on 5 June 1944, mined enemy shipping lanes near Saigon (French Indochina – Annam), Vietnam, and bombed enemy targets in Burma, Siam, Annam, Shanghai, China, Formosa (Taiwan) and Japan. The 468th Bomb Group received a Distinguished Unit Citation for its bombing raid on 11 August 1944 of the iron/steel works, Yawata, Japan. B-29 # 42-6362 flew 27 bombing missions before her last before her last on 21 November 1944. B-29, 42-6362, made a heavy-weight take-off at night without landing lights. Airborne, it climbed to about 200 feet, and slowly descended until almost out of sight from the ATC tower. It then made a sudden climbing turn to the left, climed to about 300 feet, then made a diving turn into the ground. It burst into flames when it crashed. SSgt, Holst, the tail gunner, was able to escape through his hatch and suffered third degree burns on his scalp and hands. All other crewmen were killed. Investigation revealed the B-29 had flown into four trees which were about 35 feet high.