HOLLY, ROBERT J., Second Lieutenant, # 0-805463, USAAF
Robert J. Holly was born in 16 December 1916 in Pennington County, South Dakota to Ralph Roland and Lucille A. Holly (1895- ). His teen years in South Dakota were spent with his mother and maternal grandparents, Maurice R. Holly (1855- ) (born Ireland) and Mame B. (Boone) (Mary E.) Holly (1866- ) (born Illinois). The 1920 census for Rapid City, Pennington, South Dakota shows: Maurice R. Holly, Mary E. Holly, Jerry B. Holly (1890- ), George H. Holly (1891- ), Maurice R. Holly (1893- ), Marguerite M. Holly (1894- ), Lucille A. Holly (1895- ) and Robert J. Holly (1917- ). The 1937 directory for Rapid City, S.D., shows: Holly: Lucille A., office asst. for J I Doyle, res.: 314 E. New York; Mame B. (widow Maurice R.), same res.; Marguerite M., nurse, same res.; Maurice R. (Katherine) lab, same res.; Robert J., clerk J.C. Penney Co., same res.; Siver Holly (Ruth), rancher, 1213 ½ Quincy; Marguerite, student, 1213 ½ Quincy.
He completed his flight training and advanced flight school and earned his commission and wings. He was trained in multi-engine aircraft and the B-25. On 22 February 1944, B-25G, # 42-64779, assigned to the 341st Bomb Group, 490th Bomb Squadron, departed the 10th Air Force base at Kurmitola, India, on a combat mission of targets of opportunity on the railway south of Monywa, Burma. At 1145 hours, it was hit by anti-aircraft fire, burst into flames, and was seen to crash. All aboard were killed. He is remembered in a memorial at the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.