James Murdoch

Biography of James Murdoch

James Murdoch
James Murdoch

Sgt James Chalmers Murdoch was the son of Private James Murdoch, who was killed in action in the Dardenelles on 28 June 1915 one month before his son was born.

James Murdoch Jr first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1937, to study medicine. He had previously been educated at St Michael's College, Irvine and St Mirren, Paisley. He abandoned his studies in 1939 to join the RAF.

On the 18th December 1939, James flew in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first named air battle of WW2. His bomber had to turn back due to engine trouble and this probably saved his life. 57 airmen were lost along with 12 Wellington bombers.

James Murdoch was killed when his Wellington bomber crashed on the 2nd March 1940. He was buried at Troon Cemetery. You can find his grave here.


James Murdoch
Born 1915.
Died 2 March 1940.
University Link: Alumnus
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: Alumni; Pilot (RAF); Student
Father's Details: James Murdoch
War Service: Sergeant, RAF 149 Squadron
Grave / Memorial: Troon, Scotland
Record last updated: 18th Nov 2019

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