Frank Stanley PLEDGE

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PLEDGE, Frank Stanley

Service Number: 4576
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 21 November 1919
Home Town: Chelmer, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Flying Accident), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 13 February 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lutwyche Cemetery WW2 Cremation Commemorations
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Sergeant, SN 4576

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Wirraway aircraft A20-100 and A20-290 of Number 23 Squadron (23SQN) based at Archerfield airfield in Brisbane collided over the Ormiston / Thornlands area near Cleveland in the Redlands Shire during a practice of air fighting tactics.

Debris from the two aircraft fell over the local school and cemetery and onto the shores of Moreton Bay. One Wirraway ended up near the cemetery and the other in what is now called Ziegenfusz Park near the end of Bay Street.

23SQN RAAF used the lower end of Moreton Bay for tactical exercises.

The crew of A20-100 were buried in Toowong Cemetery, Queensland - Sergeant Gordon Henry Williams 405337 (pilot) and Sergeant Allan Charles Lord 2216 (Observer)

The crew of A20-290 are commemorated on the Queensland Cremation Memorial - Sergeant George Arthur Ross Hardy 404966 (pilot) and Sergeant Frank Stanley Pledge 4576 (Observer)

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