Iowa County


Lt. Carlton E. Holden

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Under the provisions of Army Regulations, of the eighth Air Force. We have received word that Lt. Carlton E. Holden, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Holden was awarded, the


The Air Medal, on June 25th, 1944 somewhere in England:

The Citation read as follows:

For meritorious achievement, while participating over enemy occupied Continental Europe. The courage, coolness, and skill displayed by this officer upon these occasions, reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

By command of Major Gen. Partridge, official seal, by Major O.T. Draewell Air Corps Adjutant General.

Later Carlton's parents received word that he has been awarded the Oak Leaf Cluster.

Source: The Williamsburg Shopper, August 3, 1944, page 7 (photo included)

Lt. Carlton Holden Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross

An Eighth Air Force Bomber Station, England - A local boy who received the Distinguished Flying Cross at a recent ceremony is First Lieutenant Carlton E. Holden, 26, Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress pilot from Williamsburg.

Lt. Holden received the award for "extraordinary achievement while serving as pilot on many high altitude combat missions over Germany."

The flyer has flown more that 30 combat missions. Among them have been attacks on oil refineries at Misburg and Merseburg, Ordnance plants at Berlin and railroad marshalling yards at Ludwigshaven.

Beside the Distinguished Flying Cross, Lt. Holden holds the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters for "meritorious achievement". He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl T. Holden of Williamsburg, and his wife, Phyllis, also lives at the home in Wiliamsburg. Prior to entering the Army Air Forces in July 1941, he was a hybrid seed corn producer.

The airman is a member of the 490th Bomb group which is the unit of the Third Air Division cited by the President for its historic England-Africa shuttle bombing of Messerschmitt aircraft plants at the Regensburg, Germany.

Source: The Williamsburg Journal Tribune, February 22, 1945 (photo included)

LT Holden: Pilot: Standing, 2nd from right

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