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Frank Oliver Sussex-Loasby


Sussex-Loasby was British, he emigrated to the US in 1935. In 1943 he enlisted into the US Armed Forces in London, and was naturalized as a US citizen in May 1943.

Less than a month after enlisting Sussex-Loasby donned an RAF Uniform, claiming to be a Spitfire Fighter Ace who had shot down 6 (or 9) German aircraft over Greece, who had also been awarded the George Cross and the British Distinguished Flying Cross.

His deception was uncovered when he attempted to buy medal ribbons for his decorations from the American Red Cross club in London. He was dishonourbly discharged from the USAAF 3 November 1943 and sentenced to 2 years hard labour.


Units served with

  • Headquarters (8th Air Force)

    Headquarters (8th Air Force)

    8th Air Force Headquarters opened in London under the command of General Carl A Spaatz on 19 June 1942. It oversaw all Commands, Wings and Groups engaged in the Strategic Bombing Campaign until February 1944, when it became US Strategic Air Forces in...

  • 423rd Signal Company

Associated Place

  • Camp Griffiss

    Military site : non-airfield
    Named Camp Griffiss after Colonel Townsend Griffiss, the first US casualty of the war, killed when his aircraft was downed by friendly fire. ...

  • Lichfield

    Military site : non-airfield
    The site of Litchfield Races was used to build a barracks which became operational in 1881. The 1702 grandstand still exists. ...


Event Location Date
Born Punjab, India 21 December 1917
Emmigrated New York 12 February 1935
Enlisted London 16 March 1943
Naturalised as US Citizen Lichfield, Staffordshire May 1943
Dishonourably Discharged Bushy Park 3 November 1943
Died DuPage, Illinois 18 November 1957


Date Contributor Update
29 May 2019 08:44:38 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and place associations

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