Richardson, Air Mechanic Class II Ivan Morton Rupert (935)

Australian Flying Corps

James Ross was born in Moruya, NSW, on 20 October 1895, and was a Telegraphist when he joined the AIF at The Show Ground Camp in Sydney on 17 August 1916. After initial training as a signaller at Kiama, he transferred to the AFC in October and then left Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. After arrival in the UK he was trained as a wireless operator with No 69 (Australian) Sqn. He then trained as a pilot and was commissioned in October 1917 before he was posted to No 2 Sqn in April 1918. He suffered a period of illness which removed him from his unit for a spell in the middle of the year. He rejoined his squadron in August. On 5 September he was flying SE 5a D6941 when he overshot on landing and ran into rough ground. The next day he was flying SE 5a B8392 when he was wounded in combat with enemy aircraft. He was wounded again on 15 September, and evacuated to England. In January 1919 he was admitted to hospital with influenza, but survived. After this he trained with the RAF prior to joining the great England to Australia Air Race in late 1919.

He died in an aircraft accident at Surbiton, England, on 13 November 1919 when flying as co-pilot with Lt R Douglas in Alliance P-2 Seabird G-EAOX. For information on the crash, see the entry on Lt R Douglas.

Lt J S L Ross is buried in Grave IV J I at Brookwood Military Cemetery, England.

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