Andrew FRANK


FRANK, Andrew

Service Number: 427618
Enlisted: 11 August 1942
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 7 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Southern Cross, Western Australia, 14 February 1915
Home Town: Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Aircraft accident), Higgins Field, Queensland, Australia, 2 July 1944, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Townsville War Cemetery, Queensland, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flight Sergeant, SN 427618
11 Aug 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, Aircrew Training Units
2 Jul 1944: Involvement Flight Sergeant, No. 7 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Beaufort A9-377 of Number 7 Squadron crashed 2 miles east of Higgins Field - the aircraft dived into the ground at a sharp angle from about 300 feet, having completed a normal turn down wind after take-off.  The aircraft had been delivered to the RAAF in July 1943.  All crew were killed in the loss:

Flight Sergeant John William Bracken - Pilot (423608) - Son of Richard Thomas Bracken and Agnes Elizabeth Bracken of Roseville, NSW

Flight Sergeant Andrew Frank (427618) - Son of Joseph Henry and Alice Frank & Husband of Eva Grace Frank of Narrogin, WA

Flying Officer Thomas Albert Charles Daymond (429762) - Son of William Albert and Evelyn May Daymond of Kalgoorlie, WA

Flight Sergeant Lionel Ernest James Parkes (413323) - Son of Ernest Stanmore Parkes and Anorah Marcella Parkes of Armidale, NSW


Higgins Field, previously known as Jacky Jacky and sometimes called Red Point, was located near the tip of Cape York Peninsula. On 3 June 1943, Lieutenant General Kenney renamed it Higgins Field in honour of Flight Lieutenant Brian Hartley Higgins 400620, killed on air operations on 25 May 1943.