|Lt. Robert Holden.|
Robert E. Holden never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on May 2, 1917 in Oregon. His mother was born in Norway and his father was born in Sweden. The family moved to Washington where his father was a planerman in a lumber mill. He had the same job later when his family moved back to Oregon. Robert had one younger brother and one younger sister. By 1940 he had completed a couple of years of college and was living away from his parents along with his brother.
He became a second lieutenant in the 430th Fighter Squadron, 474th Fighter Group. The 474th flew P-38 Lightnings.
|Lt. Holden flew P-38's in the 474th Fighter Group as depicted in this painting by Steve Tack.|
On August 1, 1944 Lt. Holden took off from RAF Warmwell in England for a mission to France. His plane never returned and he was declared Missing in Action.
There is a memorial to Lt. Holden at Cowlitz View Memorial Gardens in Kelso, Washington.
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