Berrol Samuel FRIEZE

FRIEZE, Berrol Samuel

Service Number: 409400
Enlisted: 15 August 1941
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units
Born: St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, 24 March 1921
Home Town: Elwood, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Aircraft accident, Machan's Beach, Cairns, Queensland, Australia, 5 March 1945, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Cairns War Cemetery
Plot A Row C. Grave 18.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Victorian Jewish War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Warrant Officer, 409400
15 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), Aircrew Training Units
15 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, 409400
5 Mar 1945: Involvement Warrant Officer, RAAF Telecommunications and Communications Units

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Joseph and Annie Frieze, of St. Kilda, Victoria.

Biography contributed by David Barlow

RAAF Lockheed Hudson A16-118 (VMZI-FM) crashed into the sea about 400 yards out from Machan's Beach, just north of the mouth of the Barron River near Cairns - the pilot had been warned not to take off due to a cyclone in the area, however they left from Townsville and crashed near Cairns.

RAAF crew from Number 4 Communications Flight:

Flight Lieutenant John William Newell 404543

Flying Officer Gordon Thomson DFM 400573

Warrant Officer Berrol Samuel Frieze 409400

Flying Officer Donald James Bassett 406465

Leading Aircraftman John Dudley Moore 77157

The aircraft was carrying:

Major General George Alan Vasey VX9 - HQ 7 Australian Division

Major General Rupert Major Downes CMG VD of the Australian Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant Colonel George Anthony Bertram OBE NX324 of Advanced Land HQ "G" Branch Australian Headquarters

Corporal Edward Lewis James NX4011 of Local Administration Staff Australian Headquarters - Batman to General Vasey

Colonel Robert Heathcote Russell DSO NX168 of the Australian Army Medical Corps

Lieutenant William Riggall VX80932 of the Australian Army Service Corps - PA to General Vasey