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FO Frederick Karl “Fred” Axtell

FO Frederick Karl “Fred” Axtell

Birth
London, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada
Death 2 Mar 1956 (aged 24)
Germany
Burial Choloy-Menillot, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot Section 5 - Row B - Grave 8
Memorial ID 96806339 · View Source
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F/O Frederick Karl AXTELL was killed on 2 March 1956 in a tragic accident while practicing with four of the five 4 (F) Wing (Baden-Soellingen) 'Sky Lancers' aerobatic team members; they were practicing their intricate flight manoeuvres over Germany's Rhine Valley. At approx 2:20 p.m. the team of four F-86 Sabres crashed simultaneously into the ground after pulling out of a loop in some low clouds near the Vosges Mountains southwest of Strasbourg. Because of illness, the fifth 'Sky Lancer' team member was unable to fly that day.
The 'Sky Lancers' who perished in this F-86 Sabre aircraft accident were:-
Flying Officer John Hendrikson ADAMS,
Flying Officer Frederick Karl AXTELL,
Flying Officer Joseph Dale McLARTY and
Flying Officer Edward WELTERS.

From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial--
Military Service:-
Rank: Flying Officer
Trade: Pilot
Service Number: 47136
Age: 24
Force: Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit: 422 (Fighter) Squadron (at 4(F) Wing in Baden-Soellingen, Germany)
RCAF 'Sky Lancers' aerobatic team member: Slot position

Son of Gordon Karl and Ivy Alice (née Chapman) Axtell of London, Ontario, Canada. Husband of Helen Edna (née Foster) Axtell of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 72 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance.

F/O F.K. AXTELL is one of 107 airmen's names inscribed on the Honour Roll on the Sabre Pilots Memorial at RCAF Memorial Museum in Trenton, Ontario, Canada; the unveiling ceremony of the Sabre Pilots Memorial took place on 19 June 1998.


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  • Created by: SJ Hearn
  • Added: 10 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 96806339
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for FO Frederick Karl “Fred” Axtell (11 Sep 1931–2 Mar 1956), Find A Grave Memorial no. 96806339, citing Choloy War Cemetery, Choloy-Menillot, Departement de Meurthe-et-Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by SJ Hearn (contributor 46864594) .