From Colin Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999 :
FRAME, Flight Lieutenant James Stewart, DFC. NZ41982; Born Mosgiel, 26 Jul 1916; RNZAF 9 Feb 1941 to 5 Jul 1945; Pilot. Citation Distinguished Flying Cross (13 May 1943): [221 Sqn RAF (Wellington)] Acting Flight Lieutenant Frame has completed 52 sorties, which have included numerous successful shipping reconnaissances. Last October, he enabled his formation to make a successful attack on a convoy of merchant vessels and their escorts. On a flight in February, of this year he located four separate convoys, and, in the face of fierce opposition from escorting destroyers, shadowed the convoys which were later attacked by forty aircraft. Last month, on a shipping search in the Trápani/Palermo area, he located a convoy of four merchant ships escorted by 6 destroyers and five other vessels. Despite heavy fire from the convoy, Flight Lieutenant Frame shadowed it and reported its position, and the ships were successfully attacked. Flight Lieutenant Frame has shown great skill and courage, and he has performed valuable service. Member of the ‘Goldfish Club’. On the night of 22 Jul 1942, operating from their forward base at Gianaclis, Egypt, his crew were detailed to search for a German convoy west of Crete. When some 30 miles off the African coast, near El Alamein, their port motor abruptly stopped while cruising at 1000 feet. They turned for base slowly losing height due to the weight of fuel on board, which included two over-load tanks in the bomb bay. About two minutes after engine failure they struck the water and all six crew members safely made it into the large aircraft dinghy. Numerous aircraft were heard in their vicinity and when they estimated that one was circling, hopefully trying to find them, they fired their one, and only, distress signal. In return the aircraft fired off ‘the colours of the day’ and promptly departed the scene, evidently thinking that they were being fired on! However an RN motor launch, based on Alexandria and on patrol to Matruh, sighted their distress signal and investigated, rescued them and took them to Alexandria. They returned to base three days after ditching, thereby also qualifying for the ‘Late Arrivals Club’. Awarded the Malta (George Cross) Fiftieth Anniversary Medal for service on Malta May-Jul 1942 and Jan-Apr 1943.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 19, 2012 19:08:52 GMT 12
Thanks for this suggestion, from what you and Errol has posted I am sure Mr Frame would be a really fascinating gentleman to interview. However I am not likely to get down to Wanganui any time soon, and I really don't think interviews by phone work well enough in this podcast format, especially with an older genetleman who's hearing may not be 100% too. I have been trying to avoid phone interviews as much as possible lately for the series to try to keep the sound quality up. Is there any chance he might come up this way? Did you record him when you interviewed him?
Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 27, 2018 15:12:38 GMT 12
It has been quite some time now since this thread has had any input and it was started way back when I first started the WONZ Show in December 2011 (now 173 shows ago, not counting the Live shows!). So I think it was time to reflect back and see how I have done with the requests....
Those people mentioned who HAVE appeared on the WONZ Show: Neville 'Shorty' Mines Wal Denholm (several times) Frank Parker Dave "Moeggo" Johnson (regarding Wingnut Wings), Graham Orphan Bruce Cooke ex Chief of Air Force/Air Staff Anyone with a connection to Fletchers - several Something about Betsy - Geoff and Jessica Cooper have appeared on several occasions Peter Wheeler (Several times) Rev Richard Waugh Someone from the Met Service about aviation forecasting (sort of, I had a wartime RNZAF Met Officer on) Gavin Grimmer
Those people mentioned who HAVE NOT appeared on the WONZ Show: Gene DeMarco Jay McIntyre Tim Sullivan Hallett Griffin John King Alan Beck Ray Mulqueen Someone from the School of Strategic Studies at Vic Uni Someone from Rescue Co-ordination Centre New Zealand Doug and Hamish Brown David Vincent of Vincent Aviation Stewart Frame Kermit Weeks
Well it looks about split even there. I guess I have not done too badly. There are a few there who I will never be able to get on the show, Doug Brown is no longer with us, looks like Mr Frame died too, and I doubt Mr de Marco would be keen. I seem to recall Vincent Aviation no longer exists?
I'd love to get Kermit on the show. Several times at Ohakea I have thought about approaching him about an interview but have been too nervous, other than simply saying hello. I have broached the idea with John King but we've never gotten round to it yet. every time I see Jay at Omaka he's flat out busy. I'd love to do an interview with Ray, he's a great bloke, but he lives in Aussie somewhere. I'd also like to meet Hallett sometime. I have heard he is here on the forum but I am not sure.
Anyway, who now would you want to hear appear as a guest on the WONZ Show? Send your 2018 suggestions and i'll see if I can get any of them on the show. They can be repeats of those on this page or new ones....
I think Stewart Frame died a year or so after his book was published.
I do have a few suggestions, apologies if these have already appeared: Ray Deerness Bill Black Richmond and/or John Harding Ian Brodie Colin and Maeva Smith Dave Phillips Keith Skilling John Lamont John Funnell John Lanham Graham Bethell
After rewatching a certain 1986 BBC doco series for the umpteenth time I had an idea for a WONZ Show interview: Steve Moore, former RNZAF test pilot and I believe at one point commander of RNZAF Base Ohakea?