James Alexander HERMAN

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HERMAN, James Alexander

Service Number: 407713
Enlisted: 4 January 1941, Adelaide
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 32 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 6 August 1913
Home Town: Kilkenny, Charles Sturt, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School Teacher
Died: Accidental air crash, Giru, Queensland, 24 May 1942, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Sydney Memorial (within Sydney War Cemetery)
No known grave - Panel 6; at the Sydney Memorial, Sydney War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, PenneshawHB2, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 407713, Aircrew Training Units, Adelaide
5 Jan 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 407713, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
1 Feb 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 407713, No. 7 Squadron (RAAF), Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
1 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 407713, No. 32 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Aircraftman (AC), later Sergeant (Sgt) No. 32 Squadron RAAF, James Alexander Herman, of Kilkenny, SA.

AC Herman was a school teacher prior to enlisting on 4 January 1941. Between January 1941 and February 1942 he trained in Australia as a wireless operator/air gunner. He was promoted to Sergeant on 1 May 1942.

In March he was briefly attached to No. 7 Squadron based at Laverton, Vic.

The next month he became a member of No. 32 Squadron making supply flights between North Queensland and Port Moresby, New Guinea. On the morning of 24 May 1942 he was a crew member of Hudson A16-91 flying in formation between Rockhampton and Townsville. The aircraft collided with another and both crashed near Giru, Qld. All three crew members on board A16-91 were killed. The crew of the other aircraft survived with only minor injuries.

Sgt Herman was 28 years of age. Private Herman's brother, 407030 Sgt Ronald McGregor Herman, 37 Squadron, was also a wireless operator/air gunner. Aged 22 he too was killed in a mid-air collision, over Luga Malta.

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