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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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198 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: MN719

Code: TP-J

Base: ALG B.10 Plumetot, France

Location: Vimoutiers, France

Pilot: P/O. John Thomas Naldrett Frost Aus/412514 RAAF Age 22. Killed


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.

Burial details:

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:

KTY 15.05.2019

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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