Sergeant Frank Stanley PLEDGE

Service No: 4576
Born: Brisbane QLD, 21 November 1919
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 July 1939 (at RAAF Station Laverton VIC)
Unit: No. 23 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 23 Squadron Wirraway aircraft A20-290), Ormiston QLD, 13 February 1942, Aged 22 Years
Cremated: Mt. Thompson Crematorium QLD
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick William and Jessie Rae Fisher Pledge, of Chelmer
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Queensland Cremation Memorial, Brisbane
Remembered: Panel 101, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1030 hours on 13 February 1942, Wirraways A20-100 and A20-290 collided in the air and the crews of both aircraft were killed. The aircraft crashed at Ormiston, Brisbane, during a practice air fighting exercise.

The crew members of A20-290 were:

Sergeant George Arthur Ross Hardy (404966) (Pilot)
Sergeant Frank Stanley Pledge (4576) (Observer)

The crew members of A20-100 were:

Sergeant Allan Charles Lord (2216) (Observer)
Sergeant Gordon Henry Williams (405337) (Pilot)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/161/69; A9845, 173

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