20.08.1944 No. 198 Squadron Typhoon Ib MN719 TP-J P/O. Frost
Operation: Armed Recce
Date: 20th August 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 198 Squadron 84 Group (motto: Igni renatus - 'Born again in fire')
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: ALG B.10 Plumetot, France
Location: Vimoutiers, France
Pilot: P/O. John Thomas Naldrett Frost Aus/412514 RAAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Following the Normandy landings the allied forces start to push further inland.
Eight Typhoons from the Squadron took off at 13:44 hrs to attack enemy units infiltrating into Allied lines.
One of the aircraft went over the target area on a duty run to identify them - light flak was encountered and so the remainder went in to attack.
P/O. Frost called from Typhoon MN719 'Engine out!"
He was ordered to fly North where it was known that Polish troops were based.
This he did and was observed flying low, levelling out and carrying out a belly landing in a field, the aircraft then overturned and the fuselage was broken and at 45 degrees.
Nothing further was heard from the pilot and he was listed as missing.
Some reports state that the engine had been hit by anti-aircraft fire.
P/O. John Thomas Naldrett Frost. St. Desir War Cemetery. Grave VI.F.8. Born on the 05th August 1922 at Walthamstow, Essex, England, the son of John Thomas Frost and Ethel Harriet (née Stubbs) Frost, of Flat 1, 17 Marlborough Street, College Park, South Australia. His sister, Mrs. M.C. Kaydell, of 14 William Street, Dunfermline, Scotland was also informed of his loss.Trained on the Harvard, Master, Spitfire, Hurricane, Oxford and the Tiger Moth. Grave inscription reads: "A Very Gallant Gentleman Dearly Loved By All".
For further details our thanks to the Australian Archives and to the following sources: