Frederick Arthur Donald DIERCKS

DIERCKS, Frederick Arthur Donald

Service Number: 407708
Enlisted: 4 January 1941
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 29 March 1914
Home Town: Plympton South, City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Schoolteacher
Died: Prisoner of War , New Britain, Pacific Islands, 4 November 1942, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Rabaul (Bita Paka) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Plot H, Row C, Grave 11 Headstone inscription reads: Loved son of Mr. & Mrs. F. Diercks and husband of Edna
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Balaklava District WW2 Roll of Honour, Balaklava WW1 & WW2 Honour Roll, Balaklava WW1 & WW2 Memorial, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Kainton District Honour Roll, Paskeville R.S.S.&A.I.L.A. Sub Branch Honour Roll
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World War 2 Service

4 Jan 1941: Involvement Flying Officer, 407708
4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Adelaide, SA
4 Jan 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, 407708
4 May 1942: Imprisoned Held in the Japanese Navy Interment Camp where he was executed on or after the 4 November 1942
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Frederick Diedrich Diercks and Alberta Mary Pope (nee Gill) Diercks; brother of George Frederick Richard Diercks, Frederick Arthur Donald Diercks, Leslie Donald Diercks, Arthur Diercks who also served and was long time secretary of the Balaklava RSL Sub branch, SA, John Diercks and Mary Pauline Diercks

Husband of Edna Dorothy Diercks of Plympton Park

Plane was Catalina A24-18 lost at Matubi near Rabaul and he and some other of his crew mates were reported to have died in the Japanese Navy Internment Camp at Rabaul about  6 months being captured. The exact number of prisoners executed by the Japanese at this camp is known but know to exceed 100 and that there were no prisoners in from this camp

A24-18 was shot down by Japanese fighters approximatley 70 nautical miles south west of Bougainville