Flight Sergeant Frederick George POTTER

Service No: 402822
Born: Kurri Kurri NSW, 26 June 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 14 October 1940
Unit: No. 213 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 213 Squadron Hurricane aircraft BP499), Egypt-Libya border area, 1 September 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Arthur George and Jean Potter, of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Tamworth NSW
Remembered: Column 265, Alamein Memorial, Egypt
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1800 hours on 1 September 1942 No 213 (Ceylon) Squadron was brought to a state of readiness at Edou and ordered to fly over Burg-el-Arab when they sighted and engaged enemy aircraft. BP499 flown by Flight Sergeant Potter took part in the engagement and was last seen flying west. Nothing further was seen or heard from BP499 which failed to return to base. The body of Flight Sergeant Potter was later found by the 10th Hussars, identified and buried in the El Alamein area. Post war searches could not locate the grave and it was recorded that Flight Sergeant Potter has no known grave.


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 Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/152/88

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