A Legendary Fighting Hornet – Jack Frost

The Legendary South African Ace – Captain J E “Jack” Frost climbs into a Hawker Hurricane of No. 3 Squadron SAAF at Addis Ababa, after rejoining his unit as ‘A’ Flight commander following an attack of appendicitis.

Jack Frost was the most successful fighter pilot in the SAAF. He joined the South African Permanent force in 1936 and after a spell as a flying instructor was posted to No. 1 Squadron SAAF in 1939. In 1940 he was posted to the Newly-formed 3 Squadron SAAF as a flight commander and saw considerable action in Somaliland and Ethiopia.

He was evacuated with acute appendicitis on 22 May 1941 but rejoined his unit in June and was given the command of No. 5 Squadron SAAF the following month. He led the unit through the heavy fighting in Egypt in May and June 1942, but was eventually shot down and killed while escorting bombers over the El Adem area on 16 June. He was the SAAF’s top scorer of the war with 16 confirmed victories and was regarded as an outstanding pilot and leader.

Note 3 Squadron’s unit emblem on the side of the nose.  This is a comparison with the SAAF 3 Squadron emblem as it eventually evolved to.

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Image Copyright IWM Collection

2 thoughts on “A Legendary Fighting Hornet – Jack Frost

  1. My father served with No.3 Fighter Sqdn in Aden during WWII. I have a number of photographs I would like to share with whoever is collecting and compiling this record of 3Sqdn SAAF.

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