LEST WE FORGET

Cadet Charles Clarence FREDERICK

Service No:  2696
Born: Spokane, USA, 7 February 1896
Enlisted in the Army: 11 January 1918
Unit: No. 5 (Training) Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Aircraft Accident, England, 4 February 1919, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Leighterton Church Cemetery, Leighterton, Gloucestershire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Bruno R. and Meeta L. A. Frederick, of 77 Yui Au P.O. Hutung, Peking, China. Born at Spokane, Washington, USA
Place of Association: Leongatha VIC (place of residence on enlistment)
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 4 February 1919, Cadet Frederick flying solo died at Minchinhamption as the result of the crash of Sopwith Camel aircraft F.1335.  The Court of Enquiry found that the cause of the accident was structural failure during the attempted pull-out from a very steep dive.  Flying wires on the starboard side broke during the dive and the aircraft was totally wrecked and Cadet Frederick killed on impact.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, FREDERICK C C

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