Lancelot Cedric (Slim) HASLOPE


HASLOPE, Lancelot Cedric

Service Numbers: 428073, O35396
Enlisted: 9 October 1942, Hobart
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 77 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: St. Leonards, Tasmania, 1 October 1923
Home Town: Launceston, Launceston, Tasmania
Schooling: Launceston Grammar School & Geelong Grammar
Occupation: University Student
Died: Killed in Action (Flying Battle), Kimpo, Korea, 5 August 1952, aged 28 years
Cemetery: United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Korea
28 -9 -7, Grave 1075
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

9 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 428073, No. 466 Squadron (RAAF), Hobart

Korean War Service

13 Jul 1952: Enlisted
5 Aug 1952: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN O35396, No. 77 Squadron (RAAF)


Mercury Hobart 8th August 1952

THE R.A.A.F. has announced the death in Korea of Flt.-Lt. Lancelot Cedric Haslope (29), of Launceston. Flt.-Lt. Haslope was killed when his Meteor jet fighter crashed during a take-off on a rocket strafing mission.

His elder brother, Capt. John Melvill Haslope, was killed in August last year in a crash at Cambridge, Tasmania, shortly after he had taken off in a Dakota freighter.

Flt.-Lt. Haslope was transferred to Korea only a few weeks ago after completing a course in jet aircraft at an R.A.A.F. training school near Sydney.

Until then, he had been a test pilot attached to the R.A.A.F. at Laverton. In Korea, he was attached to No. 77 Squadron.

Flt.-Lt. Haslope was born at St. Leonards. He was the younger son of Mrs. Haslope, Tulloch St., Launceston, and the late Rev. L. M. Haslope.

Mrs. Haslope is staying with her daughter, Mary (Mrs. John Elkington, Surat, Queensland).

Flt.-Lt. Haslope was educated at the Launceston Church Grammar School and at Geelong Grammar where he excelled at athletics, particularly the broad jump.

He joined the R.A.A.F. in October, 1942, and later flew bombers from England.

He was discharged in April, 1946, and began an engineering course at the University of Tasmania in 1948.

In three years at the university, he played a prominent part in student activities and became captain of the hockey team and president of the Students Union.
Flt.-Lt. Haslope's father died several years ago.

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Brother  - Flying Officer John Melvill Haslope DFC 

Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Lancelot Cedric HASLOPE was born on 1st October, 1923 in St. Leonards  in Tasmania

His parents were ( Reverend) Lancelot Melvill HASLOPE and Annie Elizabeth BUDDEN

They had married in 1916 in South Stoneham, Hampshire, UK

His father Lancelot had died in 1946 in Launceston, Tasmania & his mother Annie Elizabeth died in 1972 in Queensland

Lancelot died on 5th August, 1952 from a fractured skull in an aircraft accident in Area 14 - Korea aged 28 years

He was with the 77 Fighter Squadron RAAF - he has also served in WW2  (428073) where he enlisted on 9th October 1942 in Hobart and was discharged on 10th  April, 1946 with the 466 Squadron and he also served with the CMF


United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Souht Korea

Buried at 1100 hours on 8th August, 1952

He is also memoralised in the Launceston Grammar School War Memorial.