Alfred Arthur Holzinger

PVT. ALFRED HOLZINGER
Private Alfred Holzinger has arrived somewhere in England, according to a letter received by his wife, who lives in this city.

Private Holzinger entered the service in October 1942 and had his basic training at Camp Robinson, AR; Reno, NV; and Fresno, CA. 

He is in the Air Corps. 

He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holzinger, Hobart Street.


Eau Claire Soldier Gets Used to London's Traffic Problems
A NINTH AIR FORCE SERVICE COMMAND STATION, ENGLAND óDriving on the left side of the road, referring to a traffic cop as a bobby, and calling a traffic circle a round-about are but a few of the problems facing Private First Class Alfred A. Holzinger of 1631 Woodland Avenue, Eau Claire, heavy duty truck driver at this aircraft assembly depot of the Ninth Air Force Service Command in England. 

"At first, driving on the left-hand side seemed like a bad dream," said Private Holzinger, "but now that I'm used to it, I don't mind it at all. One advantage is that it is much easier to judge your distance from the curb, and drivers leave the center lane clear."

Drivers at the base motor pool, using everything from tiny jeeps to mammoth trailers, are charged with keeping the vital supply and communication lines open. No matter what the weather or time of day or night, no matter whether it is an envelope to be delivered to some obscure village in totally unfamiliar territory or a fleet of planes, whose wing span requires that the route be closed to all other traffic, the drivers must, and do, get through on schedule.

They are becoming well-acquainted with England's version of automobile jargon. A battery is an accumulator. A fender is a wing or mudguard. Gasoline is referred to as petrol, a generator is a dynamo, an engine hood is a bonnet, a windshield is a windscreen, and a truck is a lorry

As part of the Ninth Air Force Service Command's job to get thousands of planes into the air against the Axis. The latest fighter planes, shipped from the United States in a partially dismantled state, are reassembled here. This base is a vital cog in the vast machine which is blasting the Luftwaffe out of the sky.

Private Holzinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holzinger of 743 Hobart Street, Eau Claire, entered service on October 17, 1942. He was married to Betty Jean Yule of Eau Claire on September 27, 1942.  Prior to donning the uniform, he was employed for a year and a half as a truck driver and machine operator by the United States Rubber Company. He is a graduate of Eau Claire High School. Prior to leaving for overseas service, he was stationed at the Army Air Base, Santa Maria, CA. 

A brother, Carl William Holzinger, was recently inducted into the Army. Robert F. Yule, Jr., a brother-in-law, is an aviation cadet at Keesler Field, MS.


PROMOTED
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holzinger, 743 Hobart Street, have received word that their son, Alfred Arthur, has been promoted to Corporal. He is stationed somewhere in England.

Alfred Holzinger Made Corporal at Base in England
A IX AIR FORCE SERVICE COMMAND AIRCRAFT ASSEMBLY DEPOT, England. The promotion of Private First Class Alfred A. Holzinger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holzinger of 743 Hobart Street, Eau Claire, WI, to the grade of Corporal has been announced in England by the headquarters of this IX Air Force Service Command Base Aircraft Assembly Depot to which he is assigned.

Corporal Holzinger is a heavy duty truck driver at this vital base, which is supplying fighter aircraft for the IX Air Force, a component of the Allied Expeditionary Air Forces, currently blasting the Luftwaffe from the sky. The latest fighter planes arrived here from the United States in a partially dismantled state. They are reassembled, given test flights, flown to operational bases and, soon there after, their guns and cannons blast a path for Berlin-bound bomber formations.

Corporal Holzinger entered service on October 17, 1942 and was stationed at the Army Air Base, Santa Maria, CA, before leaving for overseas duty. 

He is married to the former Miss Betty Jean Yule of Eau Claire. Their home is at 1631 Woodland Avenue. Before donning the uniform, Corporal Holzinger was employed as a truck driver and machine operator by the United States Rubber Company.


PROMOTED IN BELGIUM
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Holzinger, 743 Hobart Street, have received word that their son, Alfred, has been promoted to Sergeant. 

Sergeant Holzinger is now stationed somewhere in Belgium.