Norman Lionel Holder

Navigator, 77 Squadron
Service number 1332814
Died 15 February 1944
Buried Hanover War Cemetery, Germany
Age 22

Headstone Inscription
‘DEVOTED HUSBAND OF ANNETTE. BELOVED SON OF SIDNEY AND JENNY AND BROTHER OF DEREK’


Norman was born on 3 April 1921 in Croydon to Sidney and Jenny née Manches and had a younger brother Derek. The family name was originally Wacholder and they originated from Poland. Norman’s father Sidney served in the Labour Corps in WW1.

In April 1943 Norman married Belgian Annette Freedman in Wandsworth ten months before he was killed.

Norman was the navigator on Halifax LL244 which departed RAF Elvington on a night operation to Berlin. The aircraft crashed but the cause of the loss and crash-site has not been established. All the crew were killed.

W/Op, William Baines, 1051646
Pilot, Hubert Blewett, 1339575
A/G,Michael Gallagher, 1568955
A/G, George Albert Sullivan, 1314851
F/E, Bernard Thorpe, 1506851
A/B,John Wood, 1528879

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Willesden Jewish Cemetery. Photo provided by The War Graves Photographic Project ©2021
Hanover War Cemetery. Photo provided by The War Graves Photographic Project ©2021