CRASH OF A DOUGLAS SBD-3 DAUNTLESS
AT BANKSTOWN AIRFIELD
ON 17 JUNE 1942

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The War Diary of Commander, Patrol Wing Ten [USN based on the Swan River near Perth, WA] says for Wednesday 17June 1942:-

'Lieutenant (jg) LeRoy C. Deede, A-V(N), U.S.N.R., Patrol Squadron One Hundred and One, while on an extended flight to Sydney, Australia, was reported killed at 1628 K, June 17, 1942 at the Bankstown Airdrome, Sydney, as the result of an aircraft accident. The cause of the accident was reported as engine failure of the SBD-3 plane which he was piloting, with a subsequent spin from 500 feet altitude.' 

Dwight Messimer (In the Hands of Fate, Naval Institute Press, Maryland, 1985, p. 309) says that Leroy Deede ' ... was killed in Australia when the Douglas SBD "Dauntless" he was flying crashed on take-off.'

Lieutenant LeRoy Deede was on the Ambon raid of 27 December 1941 with VP101. He also flew one of the two PatWing Ten PBY Catalina's which made a long distance rescue of key personnel from Corrigedor in April 1942. The rescue, codenamed Operation Flight GRIDIRON, started from Perth and ended at Perth. (see Messimer, 1985, chap. 13).

Lt. LeRoy Deede was the pilot of one of the following two Catalina's of Patrol Wing 10, which were destroyed on 3 March 1942 during a Japanese bombing raid on Broome.

Convair PBY Catalina # 6 (PBY-4 BUAERO Number: 1227, ex- 101-P-26, ex-102-P-26) of Patrol Wing 10, Lieutenant (jg) Ira W. Brown.
Convair PBY Catalina #7 (PBY-4 BUAERO Number: 1237, ex-101-P-13), of Patrol Wing 10, Lieutenant (jg) LeRoy C. Deede.

 

REFERENCE BOOKS

Dwight Messimer, "In the Hands of Fate", Naval Institute Press, Maryland 

War Diary of Commander, Patrol Wing Ten [USN based on the Swan River near Perth, WA]

 

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