Service Number: 412532
Enlisted: 19 July 1941, 44 Radar Direction Finding Wing Adelaide River - 55 Operational Base Unit
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: RAAF Station Darwin
Born: Sydney, NSW, 13 August 1921
Home Town: Kogarah, Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Timor Sea, 11 June 1943, aged 21 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Adelaide River Memorial to the Missing Panel 9
Memorials: Adelaide River Northern Territory Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 412532
19 Jul 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, RAAF Station Darwin, 44 Radar Direction Finding Wing Adelaide River - 55 Operational Base Unit

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of James and Catherine Holohan of Kogarah, NSW

Sergeant Joseph Holohan 412532 was a member of Number 44 Radar Direction Finding Wing RAAF based at Adelaide River - part of Number 55 Operational Base Unit (his loss is mentioned in the book “Tocumwal to Tarakan” by Michael V. Nelmes)


USAAF Liberator aircraft 42-40500 "Careless" of the 530th Bombardment Squadron took off from Manbulloo Airfield on its first combat mission over Koepang. After dropping their bombs the aircraft was intercepted by enemy fighters and shot down over the Timor Sea. It was followed down by Lieutenant A.V. Connary in another bomber, but no trace of any survivors could be found. Reported to have exploded on impact with the sea.

USAAF Crew: Pilot James H. Dienelt O-023999 (MIA / KIA) DC / Co-Pilot Lt John B. Payne Jr O-734130 (MIA / KIA) FL / 2nd Lt. Joseph A. Donovan O-734322 (MIA / KIA) NY / SSgt Bernard Greenfield 12148026 (MIA / KIA) NY / Sgt William J. Kelly 37285165 (MIA / KIA) ND / TSgt Clarence A. Nevill 34263296 (MIA / KIA) GA / SSgt Carl A. Ochala 16100376 (MIA / KIA) IL / 2nd Lt. John A. Palmer O-796587 (MIA / KIA) NY / Pvt Donald D. Russell 19088599 (MIA / KIA) CA / TSgt Alvin J. Schulte 37418570 (MIA / KIA) IA / SSgt Emil F. Vanek 17030755 (MIA / KIA) NB