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Subject: (Not so) FUN FACT: Bill Holden's real-life brother Robert Westfield Beedle (true family name) was killed in WWII at age 23, piloting a Hellcat fighter aircraft when he went down into the waters off New Guinea during air fight. ...


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Holden is among few celebs to lose sibling in combat -siblings of Tab Hunter, JFK, Scotty Bower, among others.
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 12, 11:35:53am
In reply to: Bio & PHOTO 's message, "ARCHIVE: November 12, 1981 ~WILLIAM HOLDEN, 63, Hollywood star and Academy Award-winning actor, whose film career includes "Sunset Blvd", "Stalag 17", "Sabrina", "The Bridge on the River Kwai", "The Wild Bunch", and Network", earning 3 Oscar nods in nearly 40+ year career, dies in drunken fall in his home. ..." on Thursday, November 12, 11:21:51am

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https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56754381/robert-westfield-beedle

Navy fighter pilot, brother of actor William Holden.

In his brother's biography, "Golden Boy," Bob Thomas describes Bob Beedle's death in air combat at Kavieng, New Ireland in the South Pacific:

"Ensign Beedle, who had already destroyed two Japanese Zeros, had been part of a carrier-based squadron of Hellcats escorting dive bombers on the raid. The Hellcats were attacked by half a dozen Zeros, and Beedle's plane was apparently hit as he turned to intercept a pair of Japanese planes that concentrated on him. Said his section leader: 'His Hellcat swept upward in a lazy loop, pulled out just above the water, flew level for a few seconds, then plunged into the whitecaps. His guns were still blasting.'"

After The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955) was released, Beedle was remembered by his squadron-mates as having been very much like Holden's character, Lt. Harry Brubaker.

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