487th Bomb Group (H)
Station 137 - Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
22-Sep-43 to 7-Nov-45

1st Sgt Neal Holmes - 838th Squadron
Comment from Art Silva to Paul Webber, regarding Sgt Holmes - "The person in the photo is Neal Holmes, my 838th First Sergeant, a great human being and a 'father figure' for many young officers. He also gathered respect from us enlisted men. He meted out discipline to us enlisted men. Crews were a close unit and volunteered for their duty, so it was not an easy job for the First Sergeant to keep them in line."
Comment from Francis Eberhart to Paul Webber, regarding Sgt Holmes - He said that Holmes was "a pure genius at handling men."
(Photo supplied by Paul Webber from Roy Webber photo album)

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