Keenan, John Robert, DSC (LT CDR, b.1915 - d.1997)

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands
Accession Number PR00881
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1cm (17 items)
Object type Papers
Maker Keenan, John Robert
Date made 1942-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Handwritten diary (with a bound typed transcript), 14 October 1942-28 February 1943, kept mainly by Sub Lieutenant John Robert Keenan, RANVR, on his first mission as a Coastwatcher on Vella Lavella Island, Solomon Islands. The entry for the first day is written by fellow Coastwatcher, Henry Josselyn of England. Also, two copy photographs and 13 other items of correspondence and service documents, 1943-1945. The correspondence includes letters to his wife, Phyllis Keenan, notifying her of her husband's safety during the mission described in the diary and two subsequent missions, to Bougainville and Guadalcanal. There are also photocopies of recent letters and transcripts of speeches by Keenan combined with research material relating to his naval service and Coastwatching operations. As a member of the Naval Intelligence Division, RAN, during the period 1942 to 1945, Keenan operated a wireless post gathering and transmitting information on Japanese sea and air movements and was also involved in the rescue and evacuation of downed American air men in the Solomon Islands.