Pilot Officer Frederick Henry William KINGSWOOD

Service No: 416003
Born: Rose Park SA, 20 June 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 1 March 1941
Unit: No. 62 Squadron (RAF), Comilla, Bangladesh
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 62 Squadron Dakota aircraft FL505), Bangladesh, 13 February 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Francis Stanley and Elsie Marie Kingswood, of Rose Park, South Australia.
Roll of Honour: Rose Park SA
Remembered: Panel 125, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Dakota FL505 took off at 2235 hours on 13th February 1944, detailed to carry Army personnel who were acting as dispatchers of a load of 7,500 lbs (pounds) (3,400 kg) for a supply drop sortie. On becoming airborne the aircraft appeared to swing to port and its main plane struck a USAAF Dakota parked on the fair weather strip in close proximity to the actual runway. Dakota FL 505 then swung onto two further Dakotas and the three aircraft were set on fire. Of those on board FL505 five were killed and two were injured.

The crew members of FL505 were:

Gunner Leslie Cook (1797629) (British Army)
Sergeant Ralph Joseph Cunningham (1062701) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Frederick Henry William Kingswood (416003) (Pilot)
Sergeant H G S Skinner (1865003) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) Injured
Gunner Frederick Cecil Swann (1111891) (British Army)
Flying Officer B Wildsmith (112441) (RAF) (Navigator Bomb Aimer) Injured
Flight Sergeant Charles Frederick Wright (1118992) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)


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, 166/22/194

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