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 JOHN HOLICK

Port (Left) Side

Contributor - Kenneth Pitcher

This was the bomber we flew from the states to India. Photo was taken by our Ball Turret Gunner, John Holick, later killed 13 Dec 44 on a mission to the River Kwai Bridge.

You will note in the background a prop laying on the ground. Since our bomber was the first non-O/D bomber to go into the 436th squadron, our commanding officer used his rank to take it from us to use for his command plane, to fly missions. On one of his first missions with it, he made a wide swing on setting up to takeoff, a native women that had a basket full of bricks started walking across the runway at same time, and wham! The prop hit her basket, she was hurt but survived, with the American government paying restitution to India. ( I doubt that she got any of the money). The prop had to be replaced due to the damage, and shortly after that we received our bomber back.

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