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    Dear All,

    I was wondering if anyone knows anything about a pilot on RAF 103 Squadron called W/O N. H. Frost? Did he survive the war? And where was he from originally?

    I know that for the Berlin operation on 16/17 December 1943, W/O Frost was earmarked Lancaster JB-454, but this aircraft, after spending a month in maintenance, failed to take off. My great-uncle's crew then took JB-454 on the next operation (against Frankfurt-on-Main), and were subsequently shot down.

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    Richard

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    Hello,

    One other incident involving W/O N H Frost:

    26/27 Nov 1943
    No.103 Sqn
    Lancaster III JB423:PM-
    Op: Berlin

    T/o 1707 Elsham Wolds. landed 0140 Croft airfield, Durham, presumably having sustained battle damage. The Lancaster was struck off charge on 17 December 1943. There are no reports of injury to the crew.

    W/O N H Frost
    Sgt J Woodward
    Sgt L H Wise
    Sgt R Huddart
    P/O J W Lowrie
    Sgt A Burdett
    Sgt C H Seldon

    See:BCL4/403

    and...

    Distinguished Flying Cross.

    FROST, Norman Harry. WO. (1575803). RAFVR. 103 Sqn. (later 171443)
    London Gazette:4/2/1944:p.638.

    This officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed for a sortie one night in December, 1943. On the outward flight the aircraft was attacked by a fighter and repeatedly hit. One engine was put out of action and the elevators and the ailerons were damaged; 2 of the crew were wounded. The Bomber went into a steep dive. Considerable height was lost but, by a strenuous effort, Warrant Officer Frost, assisted by the flight engineer, succeeded in regaining control. It was impossible to regain height and the aircraft was extremely difficult to control. Nevertheless, Warrant Officer Frost went on to release his bombs on a target and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to an airfield where he landed it safely with the undercarriage retracted. In trying circumstances, Warrant Officer Frost displayed skill, courage and perseverance of a high order.

    See:
    The Distinguished Flying Cross and How it was Won 1918-1995. Vol.I. A-L.
    Carter,Nick and Carol.
    n.p:Savannah,1998.
    p.594.

    Col.
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    Hi Richard, as there is no record of N. H. Frost in the CWGC database I suppose he survived the war.

    pavel
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    Dear Col and Pavel,

    Thanks for the information. Very interesting about W/O Frost's DFC - I had no idea about this. Certainly, from what you write, this was awarded for an incredible piece of flying.

    Col, I notice in your reply that you mention "later 171443"; can I ask what this number specifically refers to? Also, would you know of how one would find out where W/O Frost originally came from? The AHB? Thanks.

    Regards,
    Richard

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    Hello,

    1575803 was Frost's NCO number. 171443 was his Officer's number.

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36422/supplements/1216

    Can't help with Frost's origins.

    Col.
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    Thanks Col.

    I also found W/O Frost mentioned in the London Gazette in July 1953, so I presume he stayed on in the Air Force after the war.

    Regards,
    Richard

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    He retired as a F/L in the General Duties list on 30th April 1968 aged 47.

    Passed away Sept 2000 in Oxford.

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    This is probably yr man:

    Norman H Frost. Birth Reg Q1 of 1921 in Northampton Reg Dist (ref Vol 3b Page 109)
    Mother's Maiden Surname; Johnson

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    Peter Davies
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    Dear Peter and Ross,

    Thanks very much for finding this information. Appreciated.

    Regards,
    Richard

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    Dear Richard
    I have just discovered your enquiries re Norman Frost. Not sure of the reason for your interest but I am his daughter. Please let me know if you are still interested in him.

    Regards
    Gill

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