Aston, Frederick Cuthbert

    Date of birth:
    September 12th, 1919
    Date of death:
    March 2003 (Ipswich/Suffolk, Great Britain)
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)


    Frederick Aston was commissiones in the Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army in June 1939.
    In 1942 he transferred to the Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps. He took part in Operation Overlord by landing with a General Aircraft Hamilcar, loaded with a Tetrarch tank on June 6th, 1944 near Ranville. During Market Garden he landed in September 1944 near Arnhem and had to swim across the Lower Rhine river to avoid being captured. During Operation Vasity he landed with a Hamilcar, loaded with a tractor and 17 pdr anti-tank gun.

    In 1949 he joined the RAF on a short service commission which was made a permananent one in 1952. He left the service in 1958.

    Besides his DFC, he also received the Territorial Efficiency Decoration and 1st Clasp (April 1950)

    - Army
    June 7th, 1939: 2nd Lieutenant:
    January 1st, 1941: Lieutenant (war sub)
    1944: Captain (temp)
    July 18th, 1949: Captain (war sub)
    February 2nd, 1946: Major (temp)

    - RAF
    July 18th, 1949: Flight Lieutenant
    July 1st, 1953: Squadron Leader
    March 29th, 1958: Retirement

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    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Captain (temporary)
    Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps (Glider Pilot Regiment, Army Air Corps)
    Awarded on:
    August 16th, 1945
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)


    • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37223 published on the 14 August 1945
      - Unithistories