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  F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 58713  
USS Enterprise (CV-6)

Pilot  Ensign Howard A. Holding, O-305686 (MIA / KIA) UT
Crashed  September 6, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Grumman in Bethpage, New York. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as F6F-5 Hellcat Bureau Number 58713.

Wartime History
Assigned to USS Emterprise (CV-6) to squadron VF-20. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On September 6, 1944 took off from USS Enterprise (CV-6) on a mission against Yap. At the start of a strafing run, suffered a mid-air collision with F6F Hellcat 58675 over Yap. Both aircraft crashed and neither pilot was able to bail out.

Holding was officially declared dead on February 6, 1946. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
June 29, 2019


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