Francis Walter CALE


CALE, Francis Walter

Service Numbers: 300357, 42104
Enlisted: 4 September 1937
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Midland Junction, Perth, Western Australia, 24 February 1915
Home Town: Midland, Swan, Western Australia
Schooling: Guildford Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed In Action (Flying Battle), Teston, Kent, England, 15 August 1940, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Hanwell Cemetery, Ealing London, England
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World War 2 Service

4 Sep 1937: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant, SN 300357
28 Feb 1939: Enlisted Royal Air Force (WW2), SN 42104
1 May 1939: Involvement Royal Air Force (WW2), Pilot Officer
15 Aug 1940: Involvement Royal Air Force (WW2), Pilot Officer, Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Francis William CALE  - Battle of Britain (1915-1940)

Francis Walter Cale, from Milford Junction, Perth, Western Australia was born on 24th February 1915 and was educated at Milford Grammar School, Perth.

After learning to fly at the local Maylands aerodrome Cale was provisionally accepted by an RAAF Board for an RAF short service commission and sailed for England on February 2nd 1939. With his elementary flying successfully completed, Cale was granted his commission in May 1939.

After completing his flying training, he joined 266 Squadron at Sutton Bridge in early November 1939

In July 1940 he married Muriel Joan Perry at Paddington.

On August 15th 1940 Cale was shot down by Me109's over Maidstone. He baled out but landed in the River Medway, his body being recovered from the river the following day. His Spitfire, N3168, crashed in flames on the bank of the Medway at Teston.

Cale was 25.

He is buried in Westminster City Cemetery, Ealing, close to his wife's home.


Biography courtesy of The Battle of Britain London Monument