LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant James Wilfred MARSHALL

Service No: 409167
Born: Parramatta NSW, 16 August 1916
Enlisted in the RAAF: 19 July 1941 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 7 (Coastal) Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Station Limavady, County Londonderry
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 7 Operational Training Unit Wellington aircraft DV664), off Northern Ireland, 28 November 1943, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Wright Marshall and Jane Marshall, of Highett, Victoria, Australia. Chemist
Roll of Honour: Sandringham VIC
Remembered: Panel 193, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 28 November 1943 Wellington DV664 took off from Limavady to carry out non-operational bombing practice. At 1220 hours the aircraft was seen to bomb the target from a low level, carry out a turn to starboard at about 200 feet, straighten out and then dive directly into the sea. It was considered that the aircraft had possibly stalled. There were strong winds and heavy seas at the time. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of DV664 were:

Sergeant Geoffrey Albert Bennet (1323266) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer John Burton Knight (132409) (RAFVR) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant James Wilfred Marshall (409167) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Cyril Albert Stout (1321728) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Phil Waite (133073) (RAFVR) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Leslie Woods (414859) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)

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, 166/27/291