43-3956           B25


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

HOLLAND, SHIRLEY THOMAS, JR., First Lieutenant, # 0-448997, USAAF


Shirley T. Holland Jr. was born on 13 July 1921 in Windsor, Isle of Wright Co., Virginia, to Shirley T. Holland (1896-1983) and Gladys Ann Elizabeth (Joyner) Holland (1898-1991). Siblings included Richard Joyner Holland (1925-2000), Clarence Adrian Holland (1929-    ), and William Elisha Holland (1936-2011).


After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools and was multi-engine rated. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India.