Leading Aircraftman James Baker MONFRIES

Service No: 26790
Born: Adelaide SA, 31 March 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 June 1940
Unit: No. 5 Service Flying Training School, Uranquinty NSW
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 5 Service Flying Training School Wirraway aircraft A20-445), Uranquinty, 21 January 1942, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Wagga Wagga General Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Ernest and Lillian Monfries, of Grange, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Grange SA
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

While pulling out of a dive at 2008 hours on 21 January 1942, Wirraway A20-445 lost speed and spun into the ground at Uranquinty, killing its two crew members. Those crew members were:

Flying Officer Gordon Wilson Keig (727)
Leading Aircraftman James Baker Monfries (26790)


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, 194


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Wirraway, Boomerang and CA-15 in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991

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