On 18 September 1944, a B-25J, # 43-3956, assigned to 10th Air Force, 12th Bomb Group, 83rd Bomb Squadron, departed the airfield at Fenny, India, on a bombing mission over Bhamo, Burma. It was last seen at about 1140 hours NW of Monywa, Burma, near 22º 27’ North & 97º 20’ East. The crew were:
Pilot 1stLt Shirley T. Holland Jr. 0-448997
Co-Pilot 2ndLt Thomas R. Hanley 0-755335
Navigator/Bombardier 1stLt Ronald E. Hook 0-744312
Engineer-Gunner SSgt Emmett R. Mackan Jr. 38204394
Radio Operator-Gunner TSgt Edmund Allt 11037788
Armorer-Gunner SSgt William F. Gardner 17127217
The last to see the B-25J was 1stLt Max W. Maxwell, 0-662967. Lt. Maxwell reported that he was flying a B-25J following Lt. Holland. The formation was ordered to spread out as it entered a line of thunderstorms. He got through with some violent turbulence. Coming out, he saw Lt. Holland and another bomber make a left turn in about a 35º bank to avoid a collision. He also sharply turned left and lost sight of Lt. Holland because of more violent storms. They were at about 13,000 feet. He did not see Lt. Holland’s bomber again. That was near the village of Okshingyi, Burma, north of Monywa.
The next-of-kin listed were:
Holland Shirley T Holland, F, Windsor, VA
Hanley Floyd L. Peterson, Friend, 410 Knowlton Ave, Coquille, OR
Hook Hilda M Hook, W, 2048 Yoast, Cincinnati, OH
Mackan Isla Mackan, M, Rte 1, Box 435, Beaumont, TX
Allt Ellen E. Allt, M, 249 Pearl St, Cambridge, Mass.
Gardner Grance V. Gardner, M, 1408 Collins, Kansas City, MO