Airman First Class Barry Philip Holmes

Airman First Class Barry Philip Holmes

United States Air Force Security Forces, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, May 29, 1986

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Barry Philip Holmes

Airman First Class Barry Holmes, Senior Airman Donald Heitkamp, Staff Sergeant Charles Huskey, and their two pilots were killed when their UH-1 helicopter crashed shortly after 3:00 pm, near Bear Butte State Park, South Dakota.

They were providing security for a missile maintenance movement for a convoy from Ellsworth AFB to Opal when the accident occurred. An additional Security Policeman who was participating in the security of the convoy was the only sole survivor of the crash.

Airman Holmes served with the United States Air Force Security Forces for more than two years and was assigned to the 45th Missle Security Squadron.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 years, 3 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location South Dakota

Convoy, aircraft accident

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My father just told me the story of Airman First Class Barry Holmes. Thank you for your service. My father was the security escort for Barry’s family.

Emily Ingwersen

May 26, 2023

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