LEST WE FORGET

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

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