JEFFRIES Robert James 406179

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Robert James Daniel JEFFRIES

Service No: 406179
Born: Midland Junction WA, 14 February 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 12 September 1940
Unit: No. 112 Squadron (RAF), El Adem, Libya
Died: Air Operations: (No. 112 Squadron Tomahawk aircraft AL476), Libya, 12 December 1941, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Stepson of Charles Frederic, and son of Lillian Blanche Jeffries, of Cottesloe, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Column 245, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Flying Officer Robert Jeffries was shot down over Tmimi, Libya, possibly by Oberlieutenant Graf van Kageneck of JG 27.

Extract from Brown, R. (Russell) Desert Warriors Australian P-40 Pilots at War in the Middle East and North Africa 1941-1943, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4652, 2000 – Page 300

Tomahawk AL476 flown by Flying Officer Jeffries failed to return from an operational flight near Bomba, Libya on the afternoon of 12 December 1941.

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/38/29

Bibliography:

Ilbery, P.L.T. (Peter Leslie Thomas) (422957) Hatching an Air Force: 2SFTS, 5SFTS, 1BFTS Uranquinty and Wagga Wagga, Banner Books Maryborough QLD 4650, 2002