ROBERTSON – James Duncan Alexander

Name: ROBERTSON, JAMES DUNCAN ALEXANDER
Initials: J D A
Nationality: Canadian
Rank: Flying Officer
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unitt: 160 Sqn
Age: 22
Date of Death: 01/05/1945
Service No: J/29252
Awards: D F C
Additional information: Son of Frederick Henry Robertson and Madge Robertson,(nee Goodey) of St Andrew, Jamaica.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Column 456.
Memorial: SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

Liberator GR.V BZ868 Ran out of fuel and ditched 100 mi SE of Trincomalee, Ceylon May 1, 1945.

S/L D G M Joy
F/O F L Newby
F/O J D A Robertson
F/O R L Freeman
W/O P R Arscott
W/O C N Fisher
F/S J L MacDonald
F/S G P Brown

From the Squadron ORB:

Three American Mk. 36 mines were dropped between positions 011342N 1033330(?)E and 011330N 1033620(?)E. On return journey when in position 0710(?) 830?E all engines failed and captain glided aircraft from ???? feet to sea level, levelled out and ditched. The crew got out with the exception of J29???F/O D. J. A. Robertson (Nav) who was not again seen. The Captain Can C12?? S/Ldr D. G. M. Joy suffered from sever head injuries in the ditching and died in the water. Aus. 414878(?) W/O P. D? Arscott (Wop/AG) was drowned. The remainder of the crew were in the water approx. 8 hrs until being picked up by HSL after sighting A/C.

http://www.rquirk.com/160oper/160sqdn1945bknmar07.pdf

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One addition to “ROBERTSON – James Duncan Alexander”

  1. Jerome Lee adds:

    ROBERTSON, F/O James Duncan Alexander (J29252) – Distinguished Flying Cross – No.160 Squadron (missing, believed killed) – Award effective 22 May 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1147/45 dated 13 July 1945. Born 1923 in St.Andrews, Jamaica; family there. Enlisted in Montreal, 30 April 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 9 November 1942), No.1 BGS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 6 August 1943). Killed in action 30 April/1 May 1945 (Liberator BZ868). Name on Singapore Memorial. Cited with F/L Leslie Waterfield (RCAF pilot, same unit), plus F/L H.F. McNabb (RAFVR), W/C J.N. Stacey (RAF), WO L.T. Sutton (RAF) and FS J.McGarry (RAF). These members of aircraft crew have taken part in many operational missions. One night in March 1945, they were detailed to participate in a minelaying mission in enemy waters. The operation called for a high degree of courage and resolution, and the success achieved reflects the credit on the efforts of the above-named personnel who, in various capacities, displayed skill and fortitude of a high order. On reaching base at the completion of the sortie they had been in the air for some twenty-one hours on a flight covering more than 3,000 miles. Source : Air Force Association of Canada

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