James Andrew Pearce

Rank: Sergeant

Service Number: 27195

Units Served: 10 Squadron RAAF

Personal Details: James (also known as Jim by his close friends and family) was born on the 29/8/1917 in Kadina, South Australia to parents Clarence Samuel and Elizabeth Anne.  He lived at 27 Roselle Avenue, Colonel Light Gardens. He was married to Marjorie Ina Pearce, my great Grandmother, on the 20/7/40, three days before he enlisted, and had one son two years later, Kevin Andrew who was born on the 16/5/42. Kevin was only 18 months old when James died. Not long after James was confirmed dead, Kevin tragically died. James worked as a storeman for OJ Nilsen in radio and electrical repairs for 8 years before enlisting in the war.  He gained a certificate for electrical wiring and machine management from the SA School mines. James weighed 150 pounds, stood at 5 ft and 9 inches, had medium complexion, brown hair and eyes and had a scar on his fore head. He was also a member of the Church of England.

Enlistment Details: Enlisted on the 23/7/1940 in Adelaide.

Details about his role in War: Andrew worked as a wireless mechanic during the war and then became an air gunner on 12/1/42 and promoted to Sergeant on the same day. He was promoted to Corporal on 1/4/42. He left Sydney on the 24/8/42 and arrived in England on 18/11/42. He went missing in air operations on 17/5/43 and presumed dead and has no known grave. May you continue to rest in peace, Jim.

Age at Death: 26 years old

Memorial Details: Runnymede Memorial, Englefield Green