Frederick Robinson (Fred) PALMER


PALMER, Frederick Robinson

Service Number: 46793
Enlisted: 12 March 1942, Perth, Western Australia
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: 5 Communication Unit RAAF (Garbutt)
Born: East Fremantle, Western Australia, 3 March 1907
Home Town: South Perth, South Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Fremantle Boys School, Western Australia
Occupation: Brewery worker
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Townsville, Queensland, Australia, 13 November 1945, aged 38 years
Cemetery: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

12 Mar 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 46793, Perth, Western Australia
13 Nov 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 46793, 5 Communication Unit RAAF (Garbutt)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Test flight of Number 5 Communications Unit Beaufort Mk V111 aircraft A9-733 - on entering the circuit area at RAAF Station Garbutt in Townsville the aircraft lost height rapidly, crashed and burst into flames. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all occupants were killed instantly:

Squadron Leader Francis Henry Wann Robilliard 1973 (Pilot) - Son of Eleanor Gertrude Robilliard & Husband of Phyllis Margaret Robilliard of Millswood, SA

Pilot Officer Andrew James Turton 414176 (Navigator) - Son of William and Agnes Park Turton of Nambour & Husband of Gwendoline Elizabeth Turton of Cremorne, NSW

LAC Russell Aubrey Ballard 72572 - Son of George Claude and Alice Amelia Ballard of Bowraville, NSW & Husband of Hazel Joyce Ballard of Bowraville, NSW

LAC Basil Colin Hely Crocker 453125 - Son of Edward Basil and Miriam Louise Crocker of Goondiwindi, Queensland

LAC Eric Francis Dunne 441124 - Son of Henry Noble Dunne and Agnes Grace Dunne of Bundabero, Queensland

LAC Leonard Jack Hackett 170901 - Son of George Allen Hackett and Ivy Elizabeth Hackett of Byron Bay, NSW

LAC Frederick Robinson Palmer 46793 - Son of Richard and Eliza Palmer & Husband of Myrtle Margurette Palmer of South Perth, WA