CHIDLOW, Frederick Erick

Plane was a Beaufort bomber of 14 Sqd. which plunged into the sea 20 miles West of Sorrento during a training flight between Pearce and Rottnest in W.A. It is believed the elevator coupling on the tail was faulty and consequently all other Beauforts were grounded until the fault was rectified. As many as 93 Beauforts based at Sale in Victoria had crashed during training, killing many crew members. Wing Commander Learmonth DFC was the pilot of the plane.

Last Name
CHIDLOW
Given Names
Frederick Erick
Service Number
406689
Date of Birth
03/06/1917
Birth Location
Northam W.A.
Enlistment Date
03/03/1941
Enlistment Location
Perth
1Wags Start Date
03/04/1941
Course Details
WAGS Course 12
Intake Date
03/04/1941
Finish Date
20/10/1941
To
2BAGS
Kill or Discharge Date
06/01/1944 (Killed)
Discharge Unit
14 SQN
Rank
Pilot Officer
Operations
Flying accident, Rottnest Island Western Australia
Date of Death
06/01/1944
Age
26
Cemetery / Memorial
Sydney Memorial NSW
Notes

Plane was a Beaufort bomber of 14 Sqd. which plunged into the sea 20 miles West of Sorrento during a training flight between Pearce and Rottnest in W.A. It is believed the elevator coupling on the tail was faulty and consequently all other Beauforts were grounded until the fault was rectified. As many as 93 Beauforts based at Sale in Victoria had crashed during training, killing many crew members. Wing Commander Learmonth DFC was the pilot of the plane.

Posting on Death
14 Squadron Pearce
NAA Status
NOT YET EXAMINED
1WAGS - CHIDLOW Frererick Erick - Service Number 406689 (1)

Acknowledgements

UBC Web DesignAustralian War MemorialCity of BallaratNational Archives of AustraliaRSL Virtual War MemorialDepartment of Veterans+39 Affairs