James Frank PETTIT

PETTIT, James Frank

Service Numbers: 427935, W8767
Enlisted: 25 November 1940
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units
Born: Collie, Western Australia, 20 August 1922
Home Town: Inglewood, Stirling, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 22 July 1944, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane, Qld
ANZ 7 77 54, Lutwyche Cemetery, Lutwyche, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, 427935
25 Nov 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (WW2) , Corporal, W8767, 16 Infantry Battalion AMF
11 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 427935, RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Flight Sergeant Pettit 427935 and Flight Sergeant Oswin 432860 were killed when their RAAF Vultee Vengeance aircraft A27 -535 (#41-31443) of Number of 4 Communications Unit stuck the mast of a ship in the Brisbane River and nose-dived into the river bank near Hamilton wharf

They were taking part in a naval co-operative exercise near Hamilton Flying Boat base