Laurence Francis PICKUP

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PICKUP, Laurence Francis

Service Number: 413419
Enlisted: 17 August 1941
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Quirindi, Liverpool Plains - New South Wales, Australia, 8 March 1916
Home Town: Randwick, Randwick, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Air Crash in training - lost at sea, Cape Willoughby South Australia, Australia, 3 June 1942, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
At Sea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cape Willoughby RAAF Arvo Anson W2435 Crash Site, Sydney Memorial (Sydney War Cemetery) Rookwood
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World War 2 Service

17 Aug 1941: Enlisted SN 413419
Date unknown: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, SN 413419, Empire Air Training Scheme

Lost at sea - air crash in training

On Wednesday 3rd Jun 1942, an Avro Anson from 6 Service Flying Training School, Mallala, W2435; ditched into the sea.

REPORTS:

Official: Summary:

At approximately 1900 hours, Anson W2435 under the command of Sgt Cassidy; whilst on a navigation exercise ditched into the sea about 1 mile SSE of the Cape Willoughby lighthouse. Reports indicate that the aircraft drifted further out to sea and sank. No bodies or wreckage were recovered, unable to determine the cause of the incident.

Eyewitness:

The plane sounded like it was losing power, spluttering a bit. It disappeared from my sight but I thought I heard a noise like something whooshing into the sea. A mate told me later that he could see it bobbing around out to sea, then it was gone. Apparently the lighthouse keeper saw it go down, boats went out but nothing was found by our people; I don't know if the Air Force blokes or police found - Read more...
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SYDNEY MEMORIAL

Panels to the crew of W2435 are located at Sydney War Cemetery in the grounds of the Rookwood Necropolis. The panels are to recognise (amongst others) those who perished and their remains not recovered. The inscription on a continuous frieze on the memorial states:

1939-HERE ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED IN THE EASTERN AND SOUTHERN REGIONS OF AUSTRALIA, ON LAND, AT SEA, AND IN THE AIR, BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH-1945
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Biography

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Son of Ainsworth James Pickup and Mary Jane Pickup, of Randwick, New South Wales.