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    Default Ian MacDonald Fraser, MiD, Met pilo

    On the basis of a twelve-year residency in Canada I have added the following to a "Canadian in the RAF" data base. However, my knowledge of him at the moment is pretty much what appears below. What would have been the Met Squadron he commanded ? For how long ? Any suggestions about his previous postings including the anti-shipping squadron ?

    FRASER, Ian Macdonald, A/F/L (100062) - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1944. Commissioned from the ranks, 15 June 1941. RCAF photo PL-33817 (ex UK-16147) has the following caption: “Commanding Officer of an RAF Meteorologocal Squadron in Iceland is Squadron Leader Ian M. Fraser of Willowdale, Ontario. S/L Fraser was born in Scotland and lived in Canada for twelve and one-half years before the war, returning to the United Kingdom to join the RAF. Before joining the Met Squadron as a flight commander, Squadron Leader Fraser had seven months on a anti-shipping squadron.” Photo PL-33841 (ex UK-16183) dated 31 October 1944 shows him with a “spelling box” made for his two and one-half year old daughter, Shona. It was a Christmas gift for the child, who was with her Scottish mother in Scotland.
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    Not a squadron Hugh, but 1407 Met Flight. 1407 Met Flight was formed on 20 November 1941 with one pilot, one navigator and 25 airmen - but no aeroplanes, they didn't arrive until some time in December. 1407 became 251 Squadron on 1 August 1944.

    I don't know when Fraser joined 1407, but I have a good squadron photo dated late 1943 that shows him quite clearly. Be happy to send a copy if you like; in addition I also know one of the Met Air Observers (Tiny Mentz) who flew with him, so I could raise a query there if you wish.

    1407 MF was plagued with poor serviceability, and in fact didn't have any operational aeroplanes for about two weeks centred on D-day.

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    Hugh,

    Other than a couple of entries in his logbook (17 and 21 Oct 1943) Tiny can recall nothing about Fraser. He was a very junior Sgt at the time, 1407 Met Flight being his first posting after completing the MAO course and, as he says, the officers and ORs didn't socialise.

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    Hugh,

    Fraser is believed to have assumed command of 1407 Met Flight, vice Flt Lt Hugh Eccles, during September 1942. Hugh advised my contact that he himself assumed command of 1404 Met Flight on 1 October 1942 so, working backwards and taking into account travelling and leave, I suppose the likely date for Fraser taking over would be the third week in September.

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