Kenneth Christopher (Dutchy) HOLLAND

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HOLLAND , Kenneth Christopher

Service Number: 754503
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 152 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia , 29 January 1920
Home Town: Bondi, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Randwick Intermediate High School
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died of Wounds, Frome, Somerset, England, 25 September 1940, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Weymouth Crematorium, Weymouth, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Cremated here 2 October 1940. Location of his ashes after this date are unknown.
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World War 2 Service

10 Jun 1940: Involvement Royal Air Force, Sergeant, SN 754503, No. 152 Squadron (RAF)

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Sergeant Kenneth Christopher Holland, Battle of Britain Pilot (1920-1940)

Kenneth Christopher Holland was born in 1920 in Sydney, New South Wales. In the mid-thirties he was living in Camelford, Cornwall in the care of a guardian, a Mr Ripley. He was at Airspeed Aeronautical College in 1936-37 and joined the RAFVR in 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up at the outbreak of war, Holland completed his flying training and joined 152 Squadron at Acklington in June 1940.

On September 17th Holland shared in the destruction of a Ju88 and on the 19th he shot another down into the sea. On the 25th Holland attacked a He111 and set it on fire. Seeing a parachute, he went in for a closer look but was shot down by a gunner still in the stricken Heinkel.

His Spitfire, N3173, crashed near Church Farm, Woolverton. Holland was found to have been shot in the head. The Heinkel crashed at Church Farm. The crew of four were killed, only the pilot baling out and being captured.

Holland was cremated at Weymouth Crematorium but the fate of his ashes is not recorded.

 

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