Frank Robert  Wilfred Frostick

Frank Robert Wilfred Frostick

Birth
North Walsham, North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England
Death 20 Feb 1943 (aged 22)
Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot R.A.F. Plot. Grave 12.
Memorial ID 7866620 View Source
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Frostick was born on September 4th, 1920 in North Walsham North Norfolk District, Norfolk, England . His parents are Mr. Frederick John Frostick and Mrs. Mabel Elizabeth Frostick of North Walsham, Norfolk, England. After the fleet had left it was decided that the cross-country flight to the No. 3 British Flying Training School in Oklahoma be cancelled, and the pilots called back due to inclement weather conditions. However, the call did not reach them in time. On February 20th, 1943 two planes, Cockman piloting and his navigator Frank Frostick on one AT-6 and Mike Hosier piloting and his navigator Maurice Jensen on another, struggled to see the best as they could through the heavy mist, but by the time the menacing Kiamichi mountains before them came into sight, it was too late. He was only twenty-two years old when after avoiding the mountains collided with a tree. Local rescuers found Cockman's head turned to face Frostick, suggesting that Cockman lived a short while after impact, but both were believed to have died shortly after. Jenen and Hosier tried to fly over the mountain but lost control and endured head-on collision into the southern end of Johns Valley, but the wreckage was not discovered until a day later. Rescuers on site found that a large rock on the mountain had been thrown out by the impact from Hosier and Jenson's plane creating "a natural tombstone". The fleet of nineteen planes were on a cross-country flight bound for Miami, Oaklahoma, but three were lost. Survivors Wilbur Wright and John Wall managed to land safely. A monument was erected called the AT6 Monument with an inscription that reads, "Dedicated to the spirit of cooperation between the U.K. and the U.S. in memory of British cadets Vincent H. Cockman, Frank R. W. Frostick, Michael J. Hosier, Maurice L. Jensen. Killed in these mountains February 20, 1943 while training during WWII and buried in Terrell, TX." The memorial stands amidst a pine tree glade just off State Highway 2 on Big Mountain north of Moyers, Oklahoma. Every year a memorial ceremony is held on the anniversary of the accident to commemorate the fallen cadets. Frostick served as Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force in the Volunteer Reserve. His service number is 1463569. His remains rest at the Oakland Memorial Cemetery R.A.F. Plot, Grave 12. Frank Robert Wilfred Frostick was in Course #12 of the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell, Texas.

At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.


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1463569 L-A-C R.A.F. 'At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember him.'