LEST WE FORGET

Air Mechanic Second Class George Henry FRASER 

Service No: 2025
Born: Bendigo VIC, May 1886
Enlisted in the Army: 4 May 1917
Unit: Training Depot, Australian Flying Corps
Died: Aircraft Accident, off Corfu, Greece, 9 December 1919, Aged 33 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: No additional information
Place of Association: Macorna VIC
Remembered: Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton, Hampshire
Remembered: Panel 188, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 9 December 1919, Captain Cedric Ernest Howell DSO MC DFC RAF and Air Mechanic Fraser were killed during the Great Air Race from Britain to Australia when the Martinsyde aircraft which they were flying crashed at sea off St George’s Bay, Corfu.  Captain Howell’s body was recovered a fortnight later.

On 13 November 1919, Lieutenant Roger Douglas MC DCM and Lieutenant Stuart Leslie Ross were killed during the Great Air Race from Britain to Australia when the Alliance aircraft which they were flying crashed at Surbiton shortly after take-off from Hounslow Aerodrome, London.

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record B2455, FRASER G H

Bibliography:

14,000 miles Through the Air, Smith, Ross MacPherson, Sir, Published New York, 1922
Eustis, N. (Nelson) Australia’s Greatest Air Race: the great air race England to Australia 1919, Rigby, Adelaide, 1969
The National Geographic Magazine, Editions March 1921, May 1994

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