MANTLE Frank Gordon 406078

LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Frank Gordon MANTLE

Service No: 406078
Born: Wrexham, Wales, 24 January 1912
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 July 1940 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 223 Squadron (RAF), Amriya, Egypt
Died: Injuries from Air Operations: (No. 223 Squadron Baltimore aircraft AG782), Egypt, 27 June 1942, Aged 30 Years
Buried: El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Nina Isabel Mantle; husband of Barbara Mary Mantle, of Maylands, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 126, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

On 26th June 1942, Baltimore AG782 was brought down by an enemy fighter and crashed at 1400 hours near Landing Ground 116, Egypt. All the crew lost their lives.

The crew members of AG782 were:

Flying Officer Ian Herbert Gordon Davis (400917) (Pilot) Died 27 June 1942
Sergeant Frank David Dobson (400669) (Wireless Air Gunner) Died 26 June 1942
Sergeant Richard Patrick Griffiths (1259515) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Frank Gordon Mantle (406078) (Observer) Died 27 June 1942
Sergeant Francis Arthur Rhoden (1072730) (RAFVR) (Air Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/142/395