Papers of James Stuart Leslie Ross, 1919

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.232
Collection number 3DRL/1298
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 3
Object type Papers
Physical description 6 Image/s captured
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1919
Conflict Period 1910-1919
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

Papers relating to the First World War service of 589 Lieutenant James Stuart Leslie Ross, 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps.

Lieutenant James Stuart Leslie Ross enlisted to the Australian Imperial Force on 17 August 1916 and embarked for overseas service in October 1916. Initially a wireless operator and air mechanic, he was selected to become a pilot, and qualified as a flying officer in October 1917. He then joined the 2nd Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, and served with the unit in France.

On 13 November 1919, James Stuart Leslie Ross and fellow experienced pilot Lieutenant Roger Douglas attempted to fly from England to Australia. However, their aircraft crashed near Surbiton, England, and both men died. The exact cause of the crash is unknown.

This file contains:
Copy of report by officers of the School of Air Pilotage regarding James Stuart Leslie Ross, 15 August 1919
Pilot's licence belonging to James Stuart Leslie Ross, 31 October 1919
Newspaper clipping titled "Australian airmen killed at the start of the £10,000 flight", 14 November 1919