Memorial Service for Air Cdr J.W. "Jack" Frost CBE DFC DL

The memorial service for Jack took place at St Mary the Virgin Church. Burghfield on Thursday 19th August 2010, followed by refreshments at the family home in Sulhamstead, and was attended by over 200 family and friends. 

The Arnold Scheme (1941-1943) Register was represented by Ron Clark (42G), Geoff Milsom (42I) Rita Prince (widow of Neville Prince 42I) and Nicola Bate (Acting Registrar / Secretary Arnold Scheme Register and daughter of Norman Bate 42F)

Posted: 20 August 2010


Air Cdre J.W. Frost CBE DFC DL (30 July1921-7 August 2010)

 The Register is saddened to report the passing of one of our Founder Members, FM 545 Air Commodore Jack Frost.

Jack was a member of Class 42E and trained at Lakeland, Gunter and Maxwell. Throughout his association with the Register, he was a constant source of support to Norman and kindly gave Rita (Prince) and Nicola the benefit of his vast knowledge and experience during the organisational phases of our reunions.

As the senior ranking member attending reunions Jack graciously agreed to be the 'official face of Arnold' at formal occasions, a role he fulfilled faultlessly on behalf of the whole membership supported by his wife Shelagh.

Raised in Stoke on Trent, Jack had a distinguished military career after volunteering for the RAF in1941, flying Typhoons in support of the D-Day landings before peacetime postings to Malay, Hong Kong & Libya. He subsequently became Britain's deputy military representative at NATO HQ (1972-1976) and worked at the MoD until his retirement in 1983.

In retirement Jack became a Deputy Lord Lieutenant for the County of Berkshire, was the President of the Royal British Legion Burghfield Branch, and actively supported the cadet forces, becoming Chairman of the Berkshire Joint Service Cadet Commission.

Jack is survived by his wife Shelagh, their children and grand-children.

Posted: 14 August 2010


Reginald Levy DFC (8 May 1922 -1 August 2010)

The Register is also saddened to learn of  the passing of Reg Levy this month.

Reg was one of our earliest Founding Registrants (FR004) and member of Class 42A. A supreme pilot (he graduated in the top six of his class) Reg served in Bomber Command, flying low-level Mosquito attacks before transferring to heavies in 1943. He miraculously survived bringing his crippled Mosquito home without instruments  and the subsequent crash-landing in East Anglia; his Halifax being hit by a bomb released from an aircraft above him - the bomb passed through his aircraft's fuselage without exploding; and a full operational tour attacking such targets as Peenemunde, Hanover and Berlin before becoming a Flying Instructor in 1944.

Post-war Reg continued flying in a civilian capacity, taking part in the 1949 Berlin Air Lift. In 1952 he joined the Belgian Airline Sabena, with whom he remained for 30 years until his retirement. It was during this time that Reg gained international recognition as the Captain of the Sabena Airlines Boeing 707 which was hijacked by Palestinian Black September terrorists in 1972.

Posted: 14 August 2010