LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer James Eric COVELL

Service No: 405833
Born: Brisbane QLD, 8 July 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 June 1941
Unit: Headquarters RAAF Station Townsville QLD
Died: Aircraft Accident (Headquarters RAAF Station Townsville Tiger Moth aircraft A17-242), El Arish area QLD, 19 July 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Harold and Madge Covell, of Annerley, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 5, Sydney Memorial, Rookwood NSW
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 19 July 1942, Tiger Moth A17-242 took off from Townsville at approximately 0935 hours on a travel flight to Cairns of about 2 hours duration. A small aircraft, probably the Tiger Moth, was seen half an hour after take-off flying over Tully in a northerly direction, and a short time later over El Arish flying in a north north west direction and it appeared that the engine was not functioning properly. Nothing further was seen of the aircraft and it failed to arrive at its destination. Searches for the aircraft and crew members were unsuccessful.

The crew members of A17-242 were:

Pilot Officer James Eric Covell (405833) (Pilot)
Flying Officer Maurice Samuel Thomas (272080) (Station Navigation Officer)

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, 163/26/242; A9845, 45