5 MAY 1942


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This Hudson bomber crash landed in some mangroves after sustaining damage in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  Members of the 17th Field Engineers, who were training in the Cairns and Tablelands region at the time can be seen inspecting the damage.


RAAF Hudson A16-162 of 32 Squadron, was one of four Hudsons sent out from Townsville to search Area "H" during the Battle of the Coral Sea. It was reported as missing. Three Wirraways were sent out from Townsville to locate Hudson A16-162. They found it half submerged at the end of the shipping channel on the north west side of Hinchinbrook Island near Cardwell.

Hudson A16-162 had crash landed into some mangroves in the Hinchinbrook Channel during a storm.  Sgt. Graham Stanley James (416260) aged 24 years, was killed in this crash and was buried at the Tully Cemetery. Grave Reference/Panel Number:  Sec. 1. Row E. Grave 77. Methodist Plot. Sec. 3. Sub.

Graham James was the son of Stanley Marden James and Elfreda Laura James, of Kersbrook, South Australia.


NOTE:- David Connolly nephew of Graham James contacted me in August 2000 and told me that Graham James had three sisters (2 still living at that time) and a brother.



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