LEST WE FORGET

Captain Bert JAMES

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: Not Assigned
Unit: No. 63 Training Squadron RAF
Died: Aircraft Accident, England, 7 May 1918, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Beeston Regis (All Saints) Churchyard, Norfolk
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Mrs. Emily James. Born in South Australia
Remembered: Commemorative Roll, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Volume 8 of the Official History records that Captain James came from Grange SA.

On 7 May 1918, Captain James, flying Avro aircraft B8707 along with Second Lieutenant Gordon Nash RAF were killed in a mid-air collision with Avro aircraft C4477 at 2,000 feet during aerial combat practice.  C4477 was flown by Second Lieutenant John Gordon Ward RAF who was also killed.

References:

Australian War Memorial Commemorative Roll On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives UK RAF Casualty Card 275413, 146661

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