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William Frost Jr


Assigned to 506FS, 404FG, 8AF USAAF. "During an early familiarisation flight with a fully loaded P47C [41-6529], 1st Lt William Frost had to carry out an emergency return to the airfield, having notified the field controller that he had a fuel leak and needing to land quickly. The pilots at this time had relatively little experience of a flying the P47 fully loaded, aircraft at Myrtle Beach had had much of their armour removed and often the guns too. Lt Frost was considered a well above average pilot by his contemporaries, but flying a P47 with everything hanging, at slow speed and low level was difficult even for a good pilot if they had little experience of the type. Add the pressure of an emergency return, and the need probably to manouver by turning tight towards the airfield to avoid the village of Winkton, and Lt Frost would have been under enormous pressure. Sadly the aircraft slipped out of its tight turn and crashed into the field across the road from the Lamb Inn, only a few yards from the airfield boundary and a couple of hundred yards from the runway." Classed Died Non Battle DNB.



Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 404th Fighter Group

    404th Fighter Group

    A unit history of the 404th Fighter Group is available online as a pdf:

  • 506th Fighter Squadron


  • 41-6529 'Hi! R.P.M.'/'Eager Beaver/Miss Beth'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    This P-47C Thunderbolt was the one-time mount of Captain Ervin 'Dusty' Miller. It's nose art, 'Hi! R.P.M.', commemorated the birth of his son, Robert Paul Miller. ...

Associated Place

  • Winkton

    Military site : airfield
    Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned,...


Event Location Date
Born New Jersey, USA 18 September 1920
Lived in Passaic County, NJ, USA 1941
Enlisted New York, NY, USA 21 March 1942

Enlisted Witchell NY.

Died Winkton, Christchurch, Dorset BH23, UK 13 April 1944

Crashed Engine Failure Winkton/Sta 414 Cat 5 damage, pilot Lt William Frost Jr KIA, 13-Apr-44.

506FS 404FG 9AF.

Buried 1945

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England.

Buried Bergen County, NJ, USA 1945

Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery
Saddle River
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA.


Date Contributor Update
17 May 2016 12:20:25 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations