O’HABE, JOHN B., Staff Sergeant, # 32449998, USAAF

 

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After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief) of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to China. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. Search was conducted by 8th AF and Pacific Air Command, 13th AF, Manila, with numerous B-29s (24 aircraft) and 85th Fighter Wing aircraft. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines (Block N, Row 4, Grave 173).

 

HOLLOMAN, GEORGE VERNON, Colonel, # 0-16331, USAAF

 

George V. Holloman was born on 17 September 1902 in Northampton Co., North Carolina, to George Lycurgus Holloman (1864-1940) and Hulda (Eggleston) Holloman (1872-1938). Siblings were Hulda Eggleston (Holloman) Ellinwood (1901-1993), Susie Hayes Holloman (1903-1938), Evelyn Holloman (1912-2001). He graduated from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He was married to Dorothy (Darling) Gallo nee Holloman (1911-1985) and they had a son, George Vernon Holloman (1934-2006).

 

He was an experienced USAAF pilot and worked on the development of avionics and the first remotely guided reconnaissance aircraft. He was sent overseas to China to 20th Air Force. On 19 March 1946 a B-17G, # 44-83779, assigned to 20th Air Force, Hokusekiko, Formosa, departed the Kingman airfield at Shanghai, China, at 0106 Zulu, on an IFR (instruments) flight to Nichols Field, Manila, Philippines. Last radio contact was at 1030 hrs, CST when it was 180 miles east of the coast of China. Bad icing conditions were prevalent. Gen. Parker had been cleared to 7,000’ between Shanghai and Nichols Field. The burned wreckage of the B-17 was found on northern Formosa. Civilians found it first and did not turn over personal effects they recovered. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on 21 October 1948 (Sec. 12, Grave 5399).