Frank McNamara (RAAF officer), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Frank McNamara (RAAF officer)

Royal Australian Air Force officer

Date of Birth: 04-Apr-1894

Place of Birth: Rushworth, Victoria, Australia

Date of Death: 02-Nov-1961

Profession: aircraft pilot

Nationality: Australia

Zodiac Sign: Aries


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About Frank McNamara (RAAF officer)

  • Air Vice Marshal Francis Hubert (Frank) McNamara, (4 April 1894 – 2 November 1961) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for valour in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to a member of the British and Commonwealth forces.
  • Serving with the Australian Flying Corps, he was honoured for his actions on 20 March 1917, when he rescued a fellow pilot who had been forced down behind enemy lines.
  • McNamara was the first Australian aviator—and the only one in World War I—to receive the Victoria Cross.
  • He later became a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Born and educated in Victoria, McNamara was a teacher when he joined the militia prior to World War I.
  • In 1915, he was selected for pilot training at Central Flying School, Point Cook, and transferred to the Australian Flying Corps the following year.
  • He was based in the Middle Eastern Theatre with No.
  • 1 Squadron when he earned the Victoria Cross.
  • In 1921, McNamara enlisted as a flying officer in the newly formed RAAF, rising to the rank of air vice marshal by 1942.
  • He held senior posts in England and Aden during World War II.
  • Retiring from the Air Force in 1946, McNamara continued to live in Britain until his death from heart failure in 1961.

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