Rhoda Alice Fraser

1921 - 4 October 1945

Rhoda Alice Fraser was the elder daughter of John and Georgina Fraser. She was born in Moray and grew up in Oyne. At the time of her death her home address was 15 Allenvale Road, Aberdeen.

After leaving school, she worked in the office of Mowatt & Sons, fisccurers, South Esplanade, Aberdeen.

She joined the ATS during the Second World War. Her service no. was W/155271.

Private Fraser was returning to Italy from leave. She was one of 25 people, 6 crew and 19 passengers, on board Lancaster Bomber PA 278 travelling between RAF Connington and Naples. The aeroplane radioed that it had engine trouble and was diverting to Marseilles. It is believed to have crashed into the sea. None of the bodies were recovered. 17 of the passengers were members of the ATS, the other two were military nurses. This was one of the largest losses of female life of the war, and the Government initially decided to withhold news of their deaths. On 15 Nov 1945, the Aberdeen Press and Journal revealed that the women were "missing." They were not confirmed dead until March 1946.

Rhoda Alice Fraser was survived by her parents and her younger sister Sheila.

Press and Journal
15 Nov 1945, page 4,