44-11294         MACR 13580

 

On 31 March 1945 a P-51D-5 Mustang, “Minnie the Moocher,” # 44-11294, assigned to 14th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 529th Fighter Squadron, Pungchacheng, China, departed Sian, China. The pilot was 2ndLt Kenneth R. Holden, # 0-827208. He was killed in action and last seen at about 1440 Zulu about 30 miles east of Ankang. The crash was near 32° 39’ North & 107° 53’ East. His remains arrived at Hanchung, China, on 3 April 1945.

 

HOLDEN, KENNETH RAYMOND, Second Lieutenant, # 0-827208, USAAF

 

Kenneth R. Holden was born 6 July 1924 in Wisconsin to Clarence Raymond Holden (1896-1971) and Eunice F.  (Ramaker) Holden (1898-1990) (married 1918). Siblings were Dorothy Eunice (Holden) Herber (1919-2013), Winifred Ruth (Holden) Jenkins (1920-    ), Oliver Paul Holden (1922-1990), Helen Holden (1927-2006), Betty Carol (Holden) Musil (1935-    ). Living with them in 1930-40 was his paternal grandmother, Cora Minerva (Hopkins) Holden (1867-1948) (widow of Emery George Holden (1862-1915).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 31 March 1945 a P-51D-5, “Minnie the Moocher,” # 44-11294, assigned to 14th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 529th Fighter Squadron, Pungchacheng, China, departed Sian, China. He was killed in action and last seen at about 1440 Zulu about 30 miles east of Ankang. The crash was near 32° 39’ North & 107° 53’ East. His remains arrived at Hanchung, China, on 3 April 1945. After recovery from China, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 24 January 1949 (Sec. A, Grave 430).

 

His brother, Oliver P. Holden, born 6 July 1922, served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 9 October 1942 to 13 October 1945. He died 15 April 1990.