LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Frank BLAKEY

Service No: 426859
Born: Townsville QLD, 2 October 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1942
Unit: No. 40 Squadron
Died: Ground Accident, Townsville QLD, 5 May 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Townsville War Cemetery QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Walter and Dorothy Amy Blakey; husband of Dorothy Lillian Blakey, of Townsville
Roll of Honour: Townsville QLD
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Catalina Base Memorial, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW

On 5 May 1944, Leading Aircraftman Blakey, a Fitter Motor Body Chassis, died of injuries received when a motor cycle he was riding with his 12 year old brother a passenger on the pillion, collided with a US Army tender in Townsville.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/5/512

Bibliography:

McFarlane, C.C. (Cyrus C.) Tojo’s Fate: Australia’s secret war, Sid Harta Publishers Glen Waverley VIC 3150, 2009
McMillan A. (Andrew) Catalina Dreaming: rescues exciting missions and other stories about the famous Australian flying boats of WWII, Duffy and Snellgrove Potts Point NSW, 2002
Wilson, S. (Stewart) Catalina, Neptune and Orion in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1991