LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Edwin George HOLLOWAY

Service No: 404105
Born: Brisbane QLD, 27 March 1914
Enlisted in the RAAF: 24 May 1940
Unit: No. 203 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 203 Squadron Maryland aircraft AR725), central Mediterranean, 15 February 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Percival and Olivia Florence Holloway, of Graceville, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Graceville QLD
Remembered: Column 266, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1032 hours on 15 February 1942 Maryland AR725 left Landing Ground 39 for Malta. At 1345 hours Malta gave a third class bearing to the aircraft and a course to steer, but the aircraft failed to reach Malta. A message was received from 201 Group at 0805 hours on 16 February that an aircraft had been shot down and there were no survivors. In 1948 it was recorded that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of AR725 were:

Sergeant Jack Ernest Checkley (644663) (RAF) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Peter Paul Handfield (402181) (Observer)
Sergeant Edwin George Holloway (404105) (Pilot)
Sergeant James Richard Welsh (920447) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/123/208

Bibliography:

Ilbery, P.L.T. (Peter Leslie Thomas) (422957) Hatching an Air Force: 2SFTS, 5SFTS, 1BFTS Uranquinty and Wagga Wagga, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 2002