LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman James Lindsay VIGGERS

Service No: 40686
Born: Brunswick VIC, 10 July 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 May 1941
Unit: No. 52 Operational Base Unit, Darwin NT
Died: Injuries from a Ground Accident, Darwin, 16 March 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Adelaide River War Cemetery NT
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Hector Leslie and Mabel Emma Viggers, of Brunswick, Victoria
Roll of Honour: Brunswick VIC
Remembered: Panel 113, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 11 March 1944, No. 41 Squadron Dornier aircraft A49-5 caught fire at its moorings in Darwin Harbour and sank. Most of those on board escaped injury, but three RAAF Members were injured as follows:

Leading Aircraftman Bert Charles Joseph Hokin (131530) (Aircraft Maintenance Hand) Seriously injured: extensive burns, Discharged from the RAAF: 21 December 1945
Leading Aircraftman James Lindsay Viggers (40686) (Electrical Fitter), Dangerously injured: extensive burns, Died: 16 March 1944
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Ian Wall (418992) (Wireless Air Gunner) Slightly injured: leg burns, Discharged from the RAAF: 16 November 1945

References:

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 A705, 166/42/59