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Legion of Frontiersmen (New Zealand) Command
Aircraftman, Royal Air Force, WW2
Legion of Frontiersmen, England

George Cross
Gazetted 21 January 1941
One night in July, 1940, when returning to camp this airman observed an aircraft crash and burst into
flames near Cranfield village. He proceeded to the wreckage and made his way through the burning debris which was scattered
over a wide area by the force of the impact. He found the pilot, whose clothing was on fire, and put out the flames with his bare
hands. Had the pilot not been killed instantly in the crash this action would in all probability have saved his life. In August this
airman was again returning through Cranfield to the camp when an aircraft spun into the ground and exploded. Ammunition was
exploding all the time but despite this he borrowed a gas mask, wrapped two sacks over himself, and spent some time in the flames
making four attempts before he succeeded in releasing the first occupant. He successfully recovered the second. All three
occupants however, were already dead. He displayed amazing courage and initiative on both occasions.

So runs the citation in the London Gazette of 21st January, 1941, when Aircraftsman First Class Vivian Holloway was awarded the
George Cross. In later years this ebullient young man, who was born at Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, on 16th October 1916,
became President of the Military Medallists League, actively participated in the Royal Society of Saint George, and was a member of the Legion of Frontiersmen. It was, however, as the Committee Member of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association, who genially managed the arrangements for the overseas members of the Association at their biennial reunions, that he will be remembered best.
A director of a firm of millers and grain merchants at Turvey, near Bedford, "Bob" Hollowday traveled widely and worked untiringly to make the reunions the huge success they are. His untimely death in April 1977 robbed the Association of a much-loved and respected member.  Corporal Hollowday's official and 'unofficial' medals are on display in the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon.
He was a member of the VC & GC Assoc Committee 1958-77; member of the Legion of Frontiersmen; Committee member of the Royal Society of St. George.

The Times, 22nd April 1977; p20
Mr Vivian HOLLOWDAY, GC, who died at Bedford on April 15 (1977) at the age of 60, won the third George Cross to be awarded (London Gazette dated January 21, 1941) for two acts of gallantry in July and August, 1940, while serving in the RAF as an Aircraftsman First Class. On both occasions, having seen an aircraft crash and burst into flames, he attempted to rescue the airmen. On the second occasion, despite the danger from exploding ammunition, he managed to extract two of the three airmen, but all three were dead. After the war he became a grain merchant in Bedford. Universally known as "Bob" Hollowday, he was a very keen and active member of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association Committee which he joined in 1958. He will be particularly missed by all overseas members who attend the biennial reunions in London in whom he took a very special interest - meeting them on arrival and seeing to their needs throughout their stay. He also took a particularly active part in all reunion arrangements

George Cross
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Italy Star
France & Germany Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Mention in Despatches
Coronation Medal 1953

Legion Cross of Merit
Australian Medal of Merit

Cross for European Confederation
Albert I Merit Cross (Belgium)
with one gold and one silver palm

Born 16 October 1916, Barton-on-Humber, Lincolnshire, England
Died 15 April 1977, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Cremated at Bedford Crematorium
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