Ross Mcrostie FRAYNE MiD

FRAYNE, Ross Mcrostie

Service Numbers: 437049, O4424
Enlisted: 15 October 1942, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 77 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Rose Park, South Australia, 29 June 1924
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Airman
Died: Accidental (jet plane failure), Mallala, South Australia, 16 September 1955, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Mallala Gloster Meteor NF11 WM262 Crash Site
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World War 2 Service

15 Oct 1942: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 437049
15 Oct 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 437049, Adelaide, South Australia
16 Oct 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 437049, Empire Air Training Scheme
17 Jan 1946: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 437049, 10 Radio School

Occupation Force Japan - BCOF Service

21 Feb 1946: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN O4424

Korean War Service

4 May 1952: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN O4424, No. 77 Squadron (RAAF)
30 May 1952: Honoured US Air Medal
22 Jan 1953: Honoured Mention in Dispatches

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Biography contributed by Mark Frayne


ADELAIDE, Friday: A Gloucester Meteor jet fighter exploded soon after taking off from Mallala airfield today. The pilot was killed. He was Flight-Lieut. Ross McRostie Frayne, 31 whose wife and four children live at Woomera. Mallala farmer Mr. F. Brooks said he saw the Meteor do a steep, climbing turn before it burst into flames. It broke into two pieces, then hit the ground, where it burned, he said. A woman about 60 and five-year-old girl escaped serious injury when a heavy turbo impellor which had broken free from one of the engines missed them by two feet. Other wreckage from the aircraft fell in wheatfields over a radius of 200 yards. A fellow pilot who had been a passenger in the aircraft got out of the plane a few minutes before the explosion. Flight-Lieut. Frayne returned from England last week after receiving training in the new Valiant jet bomber he was to fly at Woomera. He joined the R.A.A.F. in 1942, and in 1952 served with the 77th. Squadron in Malaya and Korea. He was mentioned in despatches and won the American Air Medal." - from the Melbourne Argus 17 Sep 1955 (