Frederick James was the son of Howard Gordon James and Ruby Louise James, of Christchurch.
Address before enlistment 91 Carlton Mill Road, Merivale, Christchurch (before 1934), New Zealand
He was an officer aboard the US Liberty Ship "Edward D. Baker", and a member of the Australian Merchant Navy.
The Wing Headquarters departed Brisbane aboard the "SS Edward D. Baker" on 17 January 1944 enroute for Nadzab, New Guinea, accompanied by No 11 Repair and Salvage Unit, No 47 Operational Base Unit and No 23 Medical Clearing Station. No 10 Replenishing Centre also formed at Amberley on 22 November, under the command of No 5 Maintenance Group, as a separate Air Force Unit. Its function being the storage and distribution of ammunition, explosives and pyrotechnics. The unit came under the control of No 10 Operational Group on 12 January 1944 and departed on 17 January also enroute to Nadzab.
Cause of death is not known, but the ship was not sunk. It was scrapped in Beaumont, Texas in 1959.
This item from a website about Amberley Air Force Base "http://home.st.net.au/~dunn/airfields/amberley.htm
" indicates the service the ship was in during this period. AWMM