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459 RAAF Squadron


Warrant Officer Frederick Raymond Love


Service No. 413623


Died - 14.7.44 -- [missing over target] V


Born at Quaama, via Bega, enlisted 19 years of age,

missing Rhodes Island Italy 1944


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The Late W.O Frederick Raymond Love of Quaama via Bega, South Coast, New South Wales, Australia.  Joined the RAAF at 19 years of age, finished training in England where he became very sick with a bad cough etc.  He put in for  a warmer climate and was sent to Egypt and near Rhodes Island.


After many raids he went missing over the target, a direct hit, his crew was the only plane not to return out of twenty stated one of the best, sadly missed, having been on many raids by his log book.


Missing Crew


W. Officers - Leo Abrahams - Jack Snadden - Ian Yeakes (Pilot) and Fred Love (aged 23)


They filled up with petrol, 8.00 pm 13/7/1944, hit about 1.00 am.


L to R -- W. O. Fred Love, John Snadden, Leo Abrahams. all missing 14/7/44, Rhodes Island, not in photo, missing Pilot Ian Yeakes


Missing Crew - W. Officers - Leo Abrahams - Jack Snadden - Ian Yeakes and Fred Love (aged 23)

The went missing off Rhodes Island - Italy 1944


Enlisted:  12 September 1941 for the duration of the war and 12 months thereafter.


Musterings:

Aircrew V                              12 September 1941

Aircrew V (G)                         4 December 1941

Aircrew II (G)                         25 June 1942

Wireless Air Gunner                23 July 1942

WAG                                     11 March 1944


Promotions:

Aircraftman 2                         12 September 1941

Leading Aircraftman                6 December 1941

Sergeant                                23 July 1942

Flight Sergeant                       23 January 1943

Warrant Officer                      23 January 1944


Postings:




















 




Attachments:

1 Air Observer School                       Cootamundra  07-8-1942-18-08-1942


Death officially presumed 14 July 1944, lost at sea.


On the night of 14 July 1944 at approximately 2000 hours, Ventura JT 336 took off from Nicosia Aerodrome, Cyprus on a bombing mission to Calatao Aerodrome, Rhodes.


Honours & Awards:

1939-1945 - Star

Italy Star

Defence Medal

War Medal 1939-45

Australian Service Medal 1939-45


Additional Information:

Son of John Theodroe and Phoebe Harriet Love, of Quaama, NSW, Australia.


The Telegram -- 18.7.1944


Cemetary: Alamein Memorial Egypt -- Grave Reference Panel Number: Column 282.


Location/Directions:

The Alamein Memorial forms the entrance to the El Alamein War Cemetery.  Alamein is a village, bypassed by the main coast road, approximately 130 kilometres west of Alexandria on the road to Mersa Matruh.  The first Commission road direction sign is located just beyond the Alamein police checkpoint and all cemetery visitors should turn off from the main road onto the parallel old coast road.  The cemetery lies off the road beyond the ridge, and road direction signs are in place approximately 25 metres before the low metal gates and stone wing walls which are situated centrally at the road edge at the head of the access path into the cemetery.  The Cross of Sacrifice feature may be seen from the road.


Newspaper article indicating 'presumed killed in action

over Calato aerodrome on Rhodes Island'


Newspaper article

[quote "they were without a doubt one of the best crews we had, and it was a nasty shock to all of us when they failed to return from the target" ]


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Melva Lush, Fred's sister, has provided us with this information she said that she had a dream at the same time at Bega when the telegram arrived. She went on to say that they had had hopes the crew may have been in Turkey, but sadly, no such luck.


In earlier times Fred won the 5 years free West Scholarship at 11 years of age, at Quaama School, a very clever boy.


The West Scholarship to Quaama School


Fred's Sister Melva Lush (Miss M. Love)


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Memorial Service for W. O. Fred Love, 459 Squadron, missing RAAF, Middle East. Fred's name is also on Canberra, Bega and Lismore (where he enlisted) War Memorials


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 Lest We Forget

Frederick Raymond LOVE

2 Recruit Centre

Sydney

12-09-1941

2 Initial Training Schooll

Bradfield Park

12-09-1941

2 Wireless & Gunnery School

Parkes

10-12-1941

2 Bomb & Gunnery School

Port Pirie

29-06-1942

2 Embarkation Depot

Bradfield Park

24-07-1942

Embarked

Sydney

17-10-1942

Disembarked

United Kingdom

16-12-1942

3 Personnel Reception Centre

Bournemouth

16-12-1942

10 (Observer) Adv Flying Unit

Dumfries

11-01-1943

11 Radio School

Hooton Park

03-03-1943

RAF Station

Bridgenorth

14-04-1943

5 Personnel Despatch Centre

Blackpool

04-05-1943

Embarked

United Kingdom

18-05-1943

Disembarked

Egypt

01-09-1943

1 (ME) Aircrew Reception Centre

Egypt

01-09-1943

RAF Station

Gianaclis

25-09-1943

459 Squadron

Alexandria

05-01-1944