Warrant Officer Frederick Raymond LOVE
459 RAAF Squadron
Service No. 413623
Date of Birth: 11 Dec 1920
Place of Birth: PAMBULA, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 12 Sep 1941
Missing In Action: 14 Jul 1944 (missing over target Rhodes Island Italy 1944)
Roll of Honour: BEGA NSW
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 30-31 May 1944
P/Off I.M. Yeates, RAAF
WO J.E. Snaddon, RAAF
WO L.R. Abrahams, RAAF
WO F.R. Love, RAAF (aged 23)
Ventura MkV JS 960 'R'
They filled up with petrol, 8.00 pm 13/7/1944, hit about 1.00 am.
L to R -- W. O. Fred Love, John Snaddon, Leo Abrahams. all missing 14/7/44,
Not in photo is missing Pilot Ian Yeates
Missing Crew - W. Officers - Leo Abrahams - Jack Snaddon - Ian Yeates and Fred Love (aged 23)
They went missing off Rhodes Island - Italy 1944
Enlisted: 12 September 1941 for the duration of the war and 12 months thereafter.
Aircrew V 12 September 1941
Aircrew V (G) 04 December 1941
Aircrew II (G) 25 June 1942
Wireless Air Gunner 23 July 1942
WAG 11 March 1944
Aircraftman 2 12 September 1941
Leading Aircraftman 06 December 1941
Sergeant 23 July 1942
Flight Sergeant 23 January 1943
Warrant Officer 23 January 1944
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
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
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Son of John Theodroe and Phoebe Harriet Love, of Quaama, NSW, Australia.