ELLERS Frederick Leonard 406142

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Frederick Leonard ELLERS

Service No: 406142
Born: Perth WA, 22 June 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 15 August 1940
Unit: No. 308 Maintenance Unit RAF
Died: Aircraft Accident (Blenheim aircraft V5528), India, 13 July 1942, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Delhi War Cemetery, India
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Fredrick and Violet May Ellers, of Claremont, Western Australia
Roll of Honour: Unknown
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 13 July 1942, Blenheim V5528 crashed at Manauri, India, when the aircraft hit the ground in a vertical dive and burnt on impact. An Inquiry into the accident found that “the elevator and rudder control cables although intact and correctly locked, were loose.” All on board were killed.

Those on board V 5528 were:

Flying Officer Jack Trenberth (407756) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Frederick Leonard Ellers (406142) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Benjamin Walmsley (561830) (RAF) (Supernumerary)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/107/110