Service Number: 416312
Enlisted: 24 May 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 32 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 5 June 1922
Home Town: Henley Beach , City of Charles Sturt / Henley and Grange, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Junior Chemist
Died: Flying Accident, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, 21 April 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Bundaberg General Cemetery, Queensland
Plot A. Row C. Grave 2,
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Henley Beach Council Fallen WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Henley Beach Council WW2 Honour Roll and Addendum, Henley Beach Wesley Methodist Church Honour Board
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World War 2 Service

24 May 1941: Involvement Pilot Officer, 416312
24 May 1941: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
24 May 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 416312
21 Apr 1944: Involvement No. 32 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of James Willon McKechnie and Myrtle Dorothea McKechnie of Alice Springs, NT


RAAF Beaufort aircraft A9-436 and A9-476 of Number 32 Squadron collided in mid-air approximately 15 miles west of Bundaberg while taking part in a box formation flying exercise - the crew of both aircraft were killed:

Crew of A9-436

Flight Sergeant John Bertram Steed (425371) Pilot

Flight Sergeant Irwin Harold Smead (419228) Navigator

Flight Sergeant Richard McDougal Garland (412584) W.O.A.G.

Pilot Officer James Ian McKechnie (416312) W.O.A.G.

Crew of A9-476

Flight Sergeant Milton Charles Hardy (422177) Pilot

Flight Sergeant Ignatius William Willcocks (419425) Navigator

Flying Officer John Eric Gay (434085) W.O.A.G.

Flight Sergeant Ian James Dixon (423672) W.O.A.G.