Flight Sergeant James Jarman RICHARDS

Service No: 418466
Born: Sydney NSW, 18 November 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 22 May 1942 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 21 Squadron
Died: Air Operations: (No. 21 Squadron Vengeance aircraft A27-82), off Madang PNG, 5 March 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Lillian Richards, of Armadale, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 7, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Vengeance A27-82 went missing on bombing mission near Madang on 5 March 1944. The aircraft had likely been hit by anti-aircraft fire and as third aircraft in formation of six, was observed to be emitting smoke from the engine exhaust. A27-82 lagged and then regained the formation with reduction of smoke. However soon after the aircraft rejoined the formation, more black smoke poured was emitted from the exhaust. A forced landing was made on the water some 8 kms east of Madang. It was witnessed as a heavy landing and there was no movement from the cockpit. The aircraft sank and soon disappeared after in 5 seconds.

The crew members of A27-82 were:

Flight Sergeant James Jarman Richards (418466) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Leslie Stewart (418197) (Navigator)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 220

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