JAMES Jaffre David 8164

LEST WE FORGET

Corporal Jaffre David JAMES

Service No: 8164
Born: Perth WA, 1 March 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 January 1940 (at Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 3 Operational Training Unit, Rathmines NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 3 Operational Training Unit Catalina aircraft A24-39), Port Stephens NSW, 24 May 1943, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Newcastle (Sandgate) War Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Percival Henry and Mabel Wynnis James; husband of Eunice Elsie James, of East Fremantle, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Fremantle WA
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

On 24 May 1943, No. 3 Operational Training Unit Catalina aircraft A24-39 crashed at Port Stephens while landing in a heavy swell.

The crew members of A24-39 were:

Flying Officer Norman John Brown (411992)
Pilot Officer Alan Fullerton Craddock (408799)
Flight Lieutenant Brian Hartley Higgins DFC (400620) (Pilot and Aircraft Captain)
Corporal Jaffre David James (8164)
Sergeant John Johnston (411710) Seriously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 9 April 1946
Flying Officer Max Alexander Larkan (409842)
Leading Aircraftman Henry George Lovett (21419)
Corporal Thomas Henry Poole (19822)
Aircraftman Class 1 Kenneth Carlyle Stow (72521) Slightly injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 18 December 1945

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, 146
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line