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Sgt Frank Hoyle Hollingsworth

Birth
Georgia, USA
Death 12 Aug 1943 (aged 22)
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: We will never know unless someone finds info in another MACR or KU report.
Memorial ID 111725047 · View Source
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Hometown: Bibb County, Georgia

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10 MEMBER CREW (6 KIA) (4 POW)

Pilot: 1Lt. George B Keck, KIA
Co-Pilot: 2Lt. Raymond A Gaither, KIA
Navigator: 2Lt. William O. Juart, POW
Bombardier: 2Lt. Arthur R. Bryant, POW
Radio Operator: TSgt. Frank H. Hollingsworth, KIA
Top Turret: TSgt. Milton J. Deville, POW
Ball Turret: SSgt. William D. Wolven, KIA
Tail Gunner: SSgt. William F. Igou, POW
Flexible Gunner: SSgt. Walden A. Hughes, KIA
Flexible Gunner: SSgt. Theodore Paduch, KIA

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Boeing B17F Flying Fortress
Serial#: 42-30104
384th Bombardment Group
547th Bomb Squadron
Missing Air Crew Report #286
Date: Aug 12, 1943
Mission: Synthetic Gas Refinery
Destination: Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Plane was shot down by enemy aircraft and crashed in Haus Oelgarten, a district of the city Hennef in the Rhein-Sieg district in North Rhine-Westphalia. Haus Oelgarten consists of only two houses on a wooded hill between the villages of Hennef Geistingen and Dambroich.
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Last contact or conversation: Interphone conversation during attack.
Total number of missions: 13
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German KU Report
Shot down by:
Pilot: Lt Kurt Ibing
Unit: Jagdgeschwader 1 (JG 1/4)
Aircraft: Focke-Wulf (Fw 190A-6)
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Listed as KIA in MACR 286. NARA lists him as FOD. I was given this explanation: "The FOD is a term meaning "Finding of Death". The body was never found and after a year and a day the government declared the soldier dead. Therefore he is not listed in any cemetery nor is he listed on the wall of the missing."

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DISCREPANCIES REGARDING PERSONAL ID:
ID#32407347 on Missing Air Crew Report
ID#34207347 on NARA WWII website

DISCREPANCIES REGARDING B17 AIRCRAFT ID:
ID#42-30104 on Missing Air Crew Report
IS#42-3104 on numerous websites

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Info contributed by Jen 47362231
Sources: MACR report 286 and research
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CENOTAPH FOR FRANK H. HOLLINGSWORTH
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UPDATE: Some of you know that I have searched high and low for Frank's body. I've studied military records and searched internationally. I was very dismayed to learn that his name was not to be found on any memorials because his body was not recovered. I have added his name to electronic memorials.

Bless my stars, Harriet Foster located what is thought to be Frank's cenotaph! He does have a memorial! Bless the volunteers Dan & Karen Read who had created a memorial and photographed the headstone. I was searching so far and wide and there it was! Research is still ongoing. I'm so thankful to Find A Grave volunteers!


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  • Created by: Jen
  • Added: 3 Jun 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111725047
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Frank Hoyle Hollingsworth (2 May 1921–12 Aug 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111725047, ; Maintained by Jen (contributor 47362231) Body lost or destroyed, who reports a We will never know unless someone finds info in another MACR or KU report..