HAMERSLEY James Sharpe 415140

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant James Sharpe HAMERSLEY

Service No: 415140
Born: York WA, 1 May 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 July 1941
Unit: No. 100 Squadron, Goodenough Island PNG
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 100 Squadron Beaufort aircraft A9-480), Goodenough Island, 5 March 1944, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel Aubyn and Laura Mary Hamersley, of Hamersley, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: York WA
Remembered: Panel 104, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Beaufort aircraft A9-480 crashed after takeoff at Vivigani Airfield on 5 March 1944 killing all on board. Those on board were:

Corporal Bernard Leo Duggan (63239) (No. 71 Wing) (Cameraman) (Supernumerary)
Flying Officer Frederick William Spencer Easton (429240) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant James Sharpe Hamersley (415140) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Alexander Peter Potts (402094) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Geoffrey Leonard Wiblin (419411) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 259

Bibliography:

Graham, B. (Burton) and Frank Smyth, A Nation Grew Wings: The Story of the RAAF Beaufort Squadrons in New Guinea, Winterset House Publishers Melbourne VIC, 1946
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Beaufort, Beaufighter and Mosquito in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1990