Frank Arnold JAQUES


JAQUES, Frank Arnold

Service Numbers: 162397, N468469
Enlisted: 5 November 1941
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Repair and Servicing Units
Born: Balmain, New South Wales, Australia, 24 August 1922
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fitter and Turner
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Pell Airstrip Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , 18 January 1945, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 162397
5 Nov 1941: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN N468469, 24th (NSW) Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC)
31 Mar 1944: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, Repair and Servicing Units, Number 18 Repair and Salvage Unit - Pell airfield, NT
31 Mar 1944: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 162397

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Harry and Fay Jaques of Marrickville, NSW


RAAF Beaufort aircraft A9-496 flown by Squadron Leader George Lancelot Brown 250700 & Flight Lieutenant Martin Seymour Law 403933 crashed at Pell Airstrip near Darwin, NT

Leading Aircraftman Frank Arnold Jaques 162397 and Leading Aircraftman George Smith 77669 were on board as passengers.  LAC Jaques was killed in the crash and LAC Smith was severely injured but despite his injuries he was able to drag the aircrew clear of the burning aircraft.

LAC Smith was awarded with the British Empire Medal (BEM) for his actions.

All 3 survivors were discharged in 1946