James Vernon Stothard LAHEY

LAHEY, James Vernon Stothard

Service Number: 405743
Enlisted: 25 May 1941
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 20 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 28 March 1909
Home Town: Canungra, Scenic Rim, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 13 April 1943, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery
Plot A. Row B. Grave 11., Cairns Cemetery, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Canungra War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, 405743
25 May 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), Aircrew Training Units
25 May 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, 405743
13 Apr 1943: Involvement Sergeant, No. 20 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas George and Margaret Lahey, of Southport.

Biography contributed by David Barlow

Catalina A24-36 (USN PBY-5 08190) of Number 11 Squadron RAAF crashed near the entrance to Cairns harbour on return from a night-time search patrol. They had flown for 23 hours 23 minutes and ran out fuel after being unable to land due to severe weather conditions. 

There were two survivors:

Sergeant Geoff Suckling 401056 (1st W/T) who recovered and was discharged in June 1945 with the rank of Warrant Officer

LAC Murray Byham 51514 (armourer - ground crew) who was seriously injured and was discharged in June 1944 from Number 1 Convalescent Depot

Killed were:

Pilot - Flight Lieutenant Arnold Hinchcliffe 411106

Navigator - Pilot Officer Leslie Henstridge 416497

2nd Pilot - Sergeant Lenard Carr 416206

1st Engineer (ground crew) - Sergeant Harold McGillivary 19268

2nd Engineer (ground crew) - LAC Malcolm Merrett 19710

Rigger - Sergeant James Lahey 405743