Topic: Frank Wilfred Marshall (1919-1943)

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Tauranga wireless operator, gunner and bomber Frank Wilfred Marshall was shot down over Berlin on 30 March 1943.

Frank Wilfred Marshall (1919-1943)Frank Wilfred Marshall was born on 14 February 1919. He attended Tauranga District High School.

He trained as a wireless operator, gunner and bomber and was promoted to Sergeant on 16 March 1942. Frank was posted to the UK and served on Wellington bombers and as a wireless operator on board a Lancaster.

On 30 March 1943, whilst on a mission over Berlin, his plane was shot down and he and the rest of the crew were reported as missing and then later officially presumed dead.

Frank is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).

Memorial Grove (Tauranga)

Sources:

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Frank Wilfred Marshall (1919-1943)


Year:1943
Note:Service Number: 413769
First Names:Frank Wilfred
Last Name:Marshall
Date of Birth:14 February 1919
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:30 March 1943
Place of death:Berlin
Place of burial:Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom
Occupation:Wireless Operator
Fathers name:Wilfred Samuel Marshall
Mothers name:Emily Grayson Marshall
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)