Squadron Leader Frederick Warren MADSEN
459 RAAF Squadron
Service No. 404567
Date of Birth: 21 Feb 1913
Place of Birth: GOULBURN, NSW
Date of Enlistment: 11 Oct 1940
Date of Discharge: 22 Oct 1946
Rank: Squadron Leader
WW2 Honours and Gallantry: DFC
Well known as "Mast-Head" Madsen. Three Nav (Bs) - "Dooley" Powell, Eric Bedwell, Colin Coote, all now deceased. Two op tours 459.
Ft Lt. Dep Flt Cmdr. during intensive and expensive mast-head shipping attacks to help prevent pre-Alamein Rommel drive from Tobruk. Nine 459 crews, for example - 9.7.42, attacked convoy 3 MVs, 2DDs plus flak ships located by radar at dawn. Madsen's DD target probably damaged. Hudson shown unsuited to attack heavily defended naval vessels. Successful for F-boats, small supply ships. 16 F-boats sunk for 5 crews lost. 1 F boat sunk by Madsen 9.8.42.
Instructional Tour 75 OTU Gianaclis
Second Op Tour 459 as Ldr Flt Cmdr-ranged E. Med., Aegean, Dodecanese.
Airline Captain, teaching. Now retired.