James was born on the 29th September 1915 in Woolahra, New South Wales. He enlisted in the RAAF in Sydney on the 9th December 1940.
James was posted from No.61 OTU (Operational Training Unit) and served with 457 Squadron from December 1941. He was shot down and killed by an enemy fighter off Dieppe in France on the 28th March 1942.
Memorial details for James can be found at Runnymede Memorial in Surrey, England, and his name is also located at panel 106 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.
Web Master: The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede, four miles from Windsor, commemorates the names of over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves.
Web Master: In March 1942, 457 Squadron had moved to RAF Redhill in Surrey, where it assumed 452 Squadron’s front line duties as part of No.11 Group RAF. These included shipping protection patrols, escorting bombers, conducting fighter sweeps over northern France and contributing to the air defence of southern England. The squadron first saw action on 26 March, which was just before James was killed. By the end of its first week of operations, 457 Squadron had shot down three German aircraft and inflicted damage on several others.
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