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Albert Ward Holmes

Graduating Class of 1945
Served in World War II

Second Lieutenant
Albert Ward Holmes

856th Bombardment Squadron
492nd Bomber Group
8th Air Force


Wauwatosa, WI

Date of Birth

Location of Death


Date of Death

Location of Burial

Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, WI

More About Second Lieutenant Holmes

2nd Lt. Albert Ward Holmes graduated from Wauwatosa High School and then attended UW-Madison. During his time at the university, Holmes was a member of Sigma Phi. He enlisted June 6, 1942. He was killed when a damaged bomber collided with his plane mid-air during a large mission. Holmes served as the navigator on a plane flown by 2nd Lt. John Cary, the pilot, and 2nd Lt. Chester Swisher, the co-pilot. They and six other crew members died in the crash. More information about the tragic loss of these U.S. service member heroes is available at .