Sergeant Sydney James - 153 Squadron  


Sergeant Sydney Strettle James  - RAFVR

Sergeant Sydney James was serving as Flight Engineer on board Lancaster Mk.III PB 636  coded P4-D during an operation to Duisberg on January 22/23, 1945. The aircraft left Scampton at 1645hrs but failed to return. The entire crew was lost.

The crew consisted of:

Name Service Trade Hometown  Age
F/L Alan Jones  RAF Pilot Stoke Newington,London 26
Sgt Sydney James  RAFVR Flight Engineer Wimbledon, Surrey 39
F/Sgt Jack McDonell  RAAF Navigator Ormond,Victoria,Australia 20
F/Sgt Charles Cullen  RAFVR Bomb Aimer Lincoln 24
W/O John Bateup  RAAF W/Op/AG Gunning,NSW 22
Sgt Reuben Trafford  RAFVR M/U Gunner Scunthorpe,Lincs 20
Sgt Albert Simpson  RAFVR Rear Gunner  Preston,Lancs. 24

Sergeant Sydney Strettle James RAFVR was the son of Sydney Boyd and Emily Florence James , husband of Ethel Beatrice James and father of Derek of Wimbledon, Surrey. He first worked as a diamond mounter before changing to become a shop keeper in the mid nineteen thirties ,later working at Vickers Armstrong. He served with the Auxiliary Fire Service during the London Blitz before enlisting in about 1942 and becoming aircrew in 1943.

All of the crew are remembered on the Runnymede memorial, Warrant Officer Bateup is also remembered on the Roll of Honour for Gunning, N.S.W.

  Photo courtesy of Derek James (son), research by Linda Ibrom.