Sergeant Frederick Samuel Diplock (1078336) served in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during World War Two. Known to his fellow RAF comrades as "Dippy", he was the son of William John Diplock and Mary Kathleen Diplock of 188 Malone Road, Belfast, Co. Antrim.
He joined Queen’s University Air Squadron in 1941 and trained in Mustangs at Terrell, Texas, USA. He attended Queen’s University, Belfast, Co. Antrim and Belfast College of Technology. Before the outbreak of World War Two, he was a partner in Auto Accessories at 53 Upper Arthur Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Frederick was also a member of Triumph Masonic Lodge No. 518.
Death in Yorkshire
Frederick died at RAF Leconfield, Yorkshire at 2315hrs on 6th September 1942 aged 27 years old. He was the pilot of Airspeed Oxford R6379 with RAF No. 15 (Pilots) Advanced Flying Unit. Sergeant Diplock was on a nighttime training flight and climbed to 200 feet before making a sharp turn. The plane dived towards the ground and Diplock regained control before the engine stalled and crashed into the ground. Registration of his death took place at Holderness, East Yorkshire.
Frederick Samuel Diplock’s grave is in Section H, Grave 12 of St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Drumbeg, Co. Antrim. Reverend FH L’Estrange of St. John’s Parish, Malone, Belfast, Co. Antrim conducted the funeral with full military honours on 10th September 1942. The congregation included a Royal Air Force guard of honour and a detachment of Queen’s University Air Squadron.