Leiston Airfield (Station 373) and 357th & 358th Fighter Group Memorial
357th Fighter Group Roll of Honor
Paul Eugene Holmberg, 24 years of age, was born on July 12, 1920, in Kansan. He was the son of Erick Emanuel Holmberg and Francis Marie Englund Holmberg. Paul was employed at the Veining drug store before he entered service, was graduated from Concordia high school in 1938 and attended Kansas Wesleyan at Salina and Kansas State Teachers college at Emporia.
He enlisted May 26, 1942, and was called for duty on December 8 of that year. He received his wings and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in October of 1943. Following advance training at Tallahassee, Fla., he was sent overseas and arrived in England on March 14, 1944. He had advanced to the rank of First Lieutenant on June 8, 1944. He had one Nazi Messerschmitt 109 to his credit and had completed 40 missions.
Paul was killed aboard his P-51 #43-6727 when the ammo box inside his plane exploded and he crashed near Merseburg, Germany, on July 29, 1944. He is buried now in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Wayne, Republic County, Kansas, USA.
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