DUMONT Frank Jules 85002

LEST WE FORGET

Leading Aircraftman Frank Jules DUMONT

Service No: 85002
Born: Dwellingup WA, 22 November 1925
Enlisted in the RAAF: 10 June 1944
Unit: No. 4 Central Reserve, Alexishafen
Died: Ground Accident, Lae PNG, 9 January 1946, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Lae War Cemetery PNG
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Jules and Annie May Dumont, of Victoria Park, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Victoria Park WA
Remembered: Panel 114, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 9 January 1946, Leading Aircraftman Dumont, a Driver Motor Transport, was engaged in dumping explosives in the sea, and at the time of the accident was working on a barge which was used for the purpose. During dumping operations, a tin cylinder containing 10 aircraft bomb detonators exploded, and Leading Aircraftman Dumont received severe injuries from which he died a few minutes later. The following members were injured in the explosion.

Leading Aircraftman Philip Anthony Castello (153766) Discharged from the RAAF: 18 June 1946
Leading Aircraftman Frank Jules Dumont (85002) Fatally injured
Leading Aircraftman Bede Colin Gippel (130465) Discharged from the RAAF: 18 February 1946
Warrant Officer (later Squadron Leader) John William Keene (3863) (O31191) Discharged from the RAAF: 28 October 1966
Leading Aircraftman Lloyd Kowald (64748) Discharged from the RAAF: 1 May 1947
Sergeant William Maurice Moyle (28674) Discharged from the RAAF: 29 August 1946
Leading Aircraftman Ronald James Phillips (153434) Discharged from the RAAF: 28 March 1946
Leading Aircraftman William Frederick Wilce (150647) Discharged from the RAAF: 19 June 1946

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/10/622