James (Ray) BROCK


BROCK, James

Service Number: 409983
Enlisted: 7 November 1941
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Melbourne, Vic., 25 August 1916
Home Town: Not yet discovered
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Accidental, Northampton, 24 October 1943, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Geraldton War Cemetery, W.A.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 409983
7 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 409983
7 Nov 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 409983
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, SN 409983

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Flight Sergeant James Brock, Service Number 409983, of No.14 Squadron, was one of six airmen killed with two survivors when their Beaufort A-314 crashed at approx. 2227 hours, about four miles N.E. of Northampton, W.A.
F/Sgt Brock was a wireless air-gunner.
In civilian life he was farmer of West Gippsland, Victoria.
He spent two and a half years with the 29th Battalion A.M.F. prior to his discharge to join the R.A.A.F.

Six Men Killed.
In an aircraft accident in this State on Sunday six members of the RAAF, including four from WA, were killed. Two members of the aircraft escaped uninjured.
The six who were killed were as follows:
RANDALL, Flying-Officer John Maxwell, of Queen's road, New Lambton, N.S.W..
FORBES, Pilot-Officer John McPherson, of Beverley, W.A.
BROCK, Flight-Sgt James, of Hallora, via Drouin West, Victoria.
ANDRE, LAC John Jeffery, of Andrews street, Esperance, W.A.
RASTON, Thomas Noel Ryder, of Kellerberrin, W.A.
SMITH, LAC Harold William, of Canning-highway, Perth, W.A.
Survivors are F/Sgt K.J. Clarke & F/Sgt J.J. Callaghan