Biography

Birth date: 27 March 1920
Service number: 408021 - Second World War, 1939-1945
O6180 - Second World War, 1939-1945

Rolls and Awards

Collection Items

Photograph

NWA0133

Livingstone, NT. February 1943. Informal portrait of 408021 Squadron Leader K. E. James, the Commanding Officer of No. 457 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, in the grounds of the base.

NWA0133

P02482.003

Townsville, Qld. 2 November 1945. Informal group portrait of pilots of 79 Fighter Squadron, RAAF. They are standing next to a Spitfire Mk VII aircraft at Garbutt Airfield and are en route to No. 6 Aircraft Depot, Oakey, Qld, after serving in Morotai. Identified, from left to right: 402932 Flight...

P02482.003

P02482.005

Morotai, Netherland East Indies. 25 October 1945. Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) B. T. McLaughlin (left), a Catholic RAAF Chaplain, and Flt Lt T. W. Scott (right) an Anglican RAAF Chaplain lead the funeral procession for two Australian Spitfire pilots. 405875 Flt Lt B. B. (Barney) Newman, 79 Squadron,...

P02482.005

P02482.006

Morotai, Netherland East Indies. 25 October 1945. Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) B. T. McLaughlin (right), a Catholic RAAF Chaplain, and Flt Lt T. W. Scott (left), an Anglican RAAF Chaplain, (both in the centre of the photograph) conduct burial rites for two Australian Spitfire pilots. The flag draped...

P02482.006

P02482.007

Morotai, Netherland East Indies. 25 October 1945. Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) B. T. McLaughlin (right), a Catholic RAAF Chaplain, and Flt Lt T. W. Scott (left), an Anglican RAAF Chaplain conduct burial rites for two Australian Spitfire pilots, as one of the caskets is lowered into the ground. 405875...

P02482.007

P02482.012

Morotai, Netherland East Indies. 15 August 1945. Pilots of 79 Squadron, RAAF, fly their Spitfire MK VIII aircraft in VP formation over Pitoe Airfield. They are led by their Commanding Officer 408021 Squadron Leader Ken E. James, they are forming the letters "VP" to mark Victory in the Pacific Day,...

P02482.012

SUK10039

Portrait of 408021 Pilot Officer K. James of No. 457 (Spitfire) Squadron RAAF, based at an RAF station.

SUK10039

119863

Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) B T McLaughlin (left), a Catholic RAAF Chaplain, and Flt Lt T W Scott (right) an Anglican RAAF Chaplain lead the funeral procession for two Australian Spitfire pilots. 405875 Flt Lt B B (Barney) Newman, 79 Squadron, of Ayr, Qld, was killed in action during a strike...

119863

119865

Flight Lieutenant (Flt Lt) B T McLaughlin (right), a Catholic RAAF Chaplain, and Flt Lt T W Scott (left), an Anglican RAAF Chaplain, (both in the centre of the photograph) conduct burial rites for two Australian Spitfire pilots. The flag draped caskets are in between the Chaplains and 443666 Flight...

119865

Timeline

Date of birth 1920-03-27
Date promoted 1941-02-16 Pilot officer.
Other units 1941-06-30 No 457 Squadron.
Date promoted 1941-08-16 Flying officer.
Date promoted 1942-06-03 Acting flight lieutenant.
Date promoted 1942-06-04 Acting squadron leader.
Other units 1942-06-04 Commanding Officer No 457 Squadron.
Date promoted 1943-02-16 Flight lieutenant.
Other units 1944-09-04 Commanding Officer No 85 Squadron.
Other units 1945 Commanding Officer No 79 Squadron.
Date returned to Australia 1950-01-09