425514 Pilot Officer (PO) Patrick Gordon Thomas Hoolihan, RAAF attached to No. 92 Squadron RAF. A native of Hughenden, Queensland, he enlisted on 28 March 1942. Whilst serving as a pilot with the RAF in the United Kingdom, PO Hoolihan was killed whilst on operations over Italy on 16 April 1945, aged 24. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 30 October 1945 for his "skill and gallantry on a large number of sorties".

Patrick Hoolihan

Service Number: 425514

Rank: Pilot Officer

Unit: No. 92 Squadron (RAF)

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Date of death: 16 April 1945

Place of death: Italy

Cause of death: Flying Battle

Cemetery or memorial details: Faenza War Cemetery, Italy

Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

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The 16th was another great day when the Squadron destroyed one tank, twelve lorries, three Armoured Fighting Vehicles, two guns and four ammunition carriers.  The enemy defended themselves stoutly and as a result of intense light flak four aircraft were severely damaged and Warrant Officer P. Hoolihan from Australia was forced to land.  The last thing that he was heard to say was “I think I’m going to land on the Hun side of the lines”.  Whether he managed to get his kite down successfully and was taken prisoner was not known but later when that area was cleared of enemy troops, Captain Jacobs and Flight Lieutenant Calvan spent a whole day searching for traces of both him and his aircraft without finding anything.

Patrick Gordon Thomas Hoolihan

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