Frederick George PIKE

PIKE, Frederick George

Service Number: 411639
Enlisted: 24 May 1941
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: Aircrew Training Units
Born: Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia, 5 April 1918
Home Town: Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Accident, Calgary, Canada , 22 February 1942, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Calgary (Burnsland) Cemetery, Canada
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Kurri Kurri War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement 411639
24 May 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 411639, Aircrew Training Units
24 May 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, 411639

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Leading Aircraftman Oliver James Nichols 14236 and Leading Aircraftman Frederick George Pike 411639 were killed when Cessna Crane 8129 from Number 3 Service Flying Training School RCAF crashed near Calgary Municipal Airport, Canada after taking part in a target training exercise at Lake McGregor, Alberta, Canada - also killed was Sergeant Harold Ernest Pitt (Instructor Pilot) R/68214 RCAF

During their final descent the aircraft suddenly lost altitude, crashing to the ground - a later investigation into the accident suggested that the occupants lost consciousness and subsequent control of the aircraft due to carbon monoxide poisoning.