Flight Lieutenant Philip Montague JAMES

Service No: 2413
Born: 25 May 1894, Location unavailable
Enlisted in the RAAF: Date unavailable
Unit: RAAF Headquarters, Melbourne
Died: Aircraft Accident (QANTAS DH86 aircraft VH-USE (Sydney)), Belmont QLD, 20 February 1942, Aged 47 Years
Buried: Brisbane (Lutwyche) Cemetery, Queensland
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel Arthur and Alice James; husband of Ella Ruth James, of Frankston, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 97, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 20 March 1942, Flight Lieutenant James was killed when he was en route to Cloncurry by QANTAS DH86 VH-USE when it crashed near Belmont, Brisbane. Two crew members and seven passengers were killed.

The crew members of VH-USE were:

First Officer Lindsay Stuart Marshall
Captain Charles Henry Cecil Swaffield

The passengers were:

Mr. John James Anderson
Second Lieutenant Herbert Hughes Hayden (0-429795) (US Army)
Flight Lieutenant Philip Montague James (2413) (Administrative and Special Duties)
Mr. Robert Bruce Reid
Mr Claude Thorne Seccombe
Mrs Georgina Rhoda Seccombe
Mr. John Lyall Stewart


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, 163/38/33
National Library of Australia: Trove

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