Frank William SILVESTER


SILVESTER, Frank William

Service Number: 411054
Enlisted: 31 March 1941, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Last Unit: No. 43 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia, 27 May 1920
Home Town: Turramurra, Ku-ring-gai, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Flying Battle, Philippines, 14 December 1944, aged 24 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia
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World War 2 Service

31 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman, SN 411054, Sydney, New South Wales
14 Dec 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Lieutenant, SN 411054, No. 43 Squadron (RAAF), Air War SW Pacific 1941-45

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Second son of Vernon Henry Silvester (b Strathfield NSW) and wife Annie M Philpott (B Newtown NSW) His family ran the "Silvester Brothers Smallgoods" business, started by his Grandfather, William Craggs Silvester, in Sydney c 1889. He was married and had one son, born 2 months after his death. 

"411054 Flight Lieutenant Frank William Silvester, of Turramurra, NSW. Flt Lt Silvester flew operational patrols in Catalina aircraft with 43 Squadron, RAAF. He was the co-pilot of aircraft number A24-64 which disappeared during a mine laying operation over Manila Bay in the Philippines on 14 December 1944, and has no known grave." - SOURCE (