Flying Officer Frederic Robert Hamilton Singh R.A.A.F. – P. O. W. – WWII

Flying Officer Frederic Robert Hamilton Singh R.A.A.F. – P. O. W. – WWII

Flying Officer Frederic SINGH – Aka: STUART

Frederic Robert Hamilton Singh born on the 20 July 1918 and Margaret Helen Hamilton Singh who enlisted in the Royal Australian Airforce (R.A.A.F.) during World War Two were the great-great-grandchildren of Dabee Singh, a pioneer to Australia from Benares, Varanasi, India, who arrived in Australia as an indentured labourer and was contracted for 5 years by Mr. Phillip Friell and Gordon Sandeman in 1844.[1] When Frederic enlisted at Chinchilla, Queensland, on the 20th July 1941, also recorded as Frederic Robert Stuart with service numbers 025954 and 414093.[2]

Flight Lieutenant Frederic Singh was part of the crew on board the Handley Page Halifax III LV906 ZA-Q affectionately named “Q-Queenie” of 10 Squadron of the Royal Air Force, that took off from a station airfield near Melbourne, Victoria on a mission to Aachen on 25 May 1944. After the crew had had bombed their target and were on their way back when the plane was hit by a night fighter and the order was given to bale out of the plane by the pilot, Den Blackford.  The only casualty was Frederic Singh, his leg was badly wounded by a cannon shell but he managed to bale out. He was quickly captured and taken to a hospital for treatment. He was interned in Stalag 6J at Dorsten, Germany. He was repatriated at the end of the war with serious leg injury and hospitalised for three years in England and Australia.[3]

Both Frederic and Margaret were discharged from the RAAF after WWII. [4]

Photo: Frederic Singh courtesy of AWM.

Selected Bibliography

[1] DABEE SINGH A PIONEER – PART I

[2] WW2 Nominal Roll

[3] Clutton-Brock, Oliver & Crompton, Raymond, The Long Road; Trials and Tribulations of Airmen Prisoners from Stalag Luft… Pub., Grub Street, London, 2013.

[4] POORAN DABEE-SINGH A PIONEER- PART II

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