Frederick James (Jim) GILLESPIE


GILLESPIE, Frederick James

Service Number: 407576
Enlisted: 11 November 1940, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Squadron Leader
Last Unit: No. 87 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Semaphore, South Australia, 30 January 1914
Home Town: Minnipa, Wudinna, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank clerk
Died: Flying Accident, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , 5 August 1945, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Minnipa War Memorial Oval Arch Gates
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World War 2 Service

11 Nov 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 407576, Adelaide, South Australia
5 Aug 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Squadron Leader, SN 407576, No. 87 Squadron (RAAF)
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas Stanley and Irene Stella Gillespie; husband of Hazel Gillespie, of Cheltenham, South Australia.

Sq.-Ldr. Frederick James Gillespie, who died of injuries received when his his aircraft crashed while taking off on an operational flight from a northern station, enlisted in the RAAF from Berri. Joining the Air Force in November 1940 Sq.-Ldr. Gillespie trained at Mt. Breckan, Parafield, Point Cook, Camden and Deniliquin. He passed his examinations with distinction, and for some time was on instructional duty in the Eastern States. For the past seven months he had been stationed at a northern operational base.
The officer is survived by a widow and two small sons, Graeme and Peter, who are living at Second Avenue, Cheltenham. At Berri Sq.-Ldr. Gillespie was on the staff of the State Bank. He had a wide circle of friends in the River districts. As a member of the
Berri Golf Club he was one of the outstanding players of the Upper Murray. He was also a prominent cricketer. Sq.-Ldr. Gillespie was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Gillespie, of Minnipa. A brother-in-law also lost his life serving with the RAAF.


Biography contributed by David Barlow

Squadron Leader Frederick James Gillespie 407576 of 87 (Photographic Reconnaissance) Squadron was killed in the loss of RAAF Mosquito aircraft A52-605 near Coomallie, NT

His crewmate survived: Flying Officer Frank Alexander Haymes 438623 RAAF