44-24245         P38 (MACR 14714)

 

On 18 June 1945, a P-38L-1-LO, # 44-24245, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 459th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Dudhkundi, India, on a bomber escort mission over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). At 1445 hours, its last known location was 60 miles SE of Moulmein, Burma. The pilot was 1stLt James D. Holloway, # 0-753664. He was last seen by 1stLt Harold P. Rouse Jr., 0-889442. 1stLt Rouse saw him go into a dive. Rouse followed him down to about 6,000’ at over 500 MPH and finally lost sight of him. Visibility in a turbulent thunderstorm was almost zero and the ground was not visible. No evidence of a crash or wreckage was seen.

HOLLOWAY, JAMES DAVIS, First Lieutenant, # 0-753664, USAAF

 

James D. Holloway was born on 14 March 1919 in Tyrrel Co., North Carolina, to Samuel James Holloway (1871-1934) and (1st – Nancy Matilda (Brickhouse) Holloway (1877-1917) and 2nd, Elsie Camilla (Yount) Holloway (1896-1981). Siblings included Myra Lee (Holloway) Weatherly (1896-1957), Lucille “Lucy” Holloway (1900-    ), Sadie Louise (Holloway) Mason (1903-1983), Hannah E. Holloway (1906-    ), Dixie Vernon (Holloway) Barnes (1910-1973), Martha E. Holloway (1914-    ),  Tilden Yount Holloway (1923-1970), Samuel James Holloway (Jrt.) (1925-2016). He married Artimesa (Harris) Barringer nee Holloway (1916-2003) and their son was Davis Holloway Barringer (1942-1987).

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced schools flying the P-38 Lightning. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 18 June 1945, a P-38L-1-LO, # 44-24245, assigned to 10th Air Force, 33rd Fighter Group, 459th Fighter Squadron, departed the airfield at Dudhkundi, India, on a bomber escort mission over Bangkok, Siam (Thailand). At 1445 hours, its last known location was 60 miles SE of Moulmein, Burma. He was last seen by 1stLt Harold P. Rouse Jr., 0-889442. 1stLt Rouse saw him go into a dive. Rouse followed him down to about 6,000’ at over 500 MPH and finally lost sight of him. Visibility in a turbulent thunderstorm was almost zero and the ground was not visible. No evidence of a crash or wreckage was seen. He is remembered on the memorial wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and the Purple Heart.

 

His brother, Tilden Y. Holloway, born 4 January 1923, enlisted in the U.S. Army at Camp Crooft, South Carolina, on 26 January 1943. He died on 7 May 1970 and is buried in the Catawba Memorial Park, Hickory, North Carolina. His brother, Samuel James Holloway, born 26 June 1925, served in the USAAF from 1943 to 1946. He was a gunner of the 531st Bomb Squadron on the B-24 Liberator in the Pacific theater of war. He died on 14 June 2016 and is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery, Belmont, Gaston Co., North Carolina.