Vivian James ROSSOW

Male 1918 - 1993  (75 years)


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  • Name Vivian James ROSSOW 
    Born 26 Sep 1918  Nanango, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 9 Nov 1941 to 17 Jan 1946  [2, 3
    World War 2 
    • Service Record
      Name: ROSSOW, VIVIAN JAMES
      Service: Royal Australian Air Force
      Service Number: 414835
      Date of Birth: 26 Sep 1918
      Place of Birth: NANANGO, QLD
      Date of Enlistment: 9 Nov 1941
      Locality on Enlistment: Unknown
      Place of Enlistment: BRISBANE, QLD
      Next of Kin: ROSSOW, MARGARET
      Date of Discharge: 17 Jan 1946
      Rank: Warrant Officer
      Posting at Discharge: 16 AIRCREW HOLDING UNIT
      WW2 Honours and Gallantry: None for display
      Prisoner of War: No

      ROSSOW, Vivian James "Bill", Warrant Officer, 414835, 41 Squadron RAFVR (RAAF)
      Viv Rossow served on 41 Squadron from 9 August 1944-19 July 1945 and was his only operational posting during the War. He achieved the following victories in that time:
      Destroyed V1 flying bomb, 5m WNW of Ashford, Kent, 16 Aug 44
      Damaged V1 flying bomb, West of Gris Nez, France, 23 Aug 44
      Damaged Me262 jet fighter, Rheine Aerodrome, Germany, 14 Feb 45
      Probably destroyed Me262 jet fighter, SE of Neuruppin, Germany, 20 Apr 45
      [Source: Steve Brew, Historian for the 41 Squadron RAF]

      W/O A. S. Appleton went missing during an attack on a locomotive northwest of Munster on 18 December 1944, whilst flying Spitfire XIV, RM699. He was seen to bale out by Warrant Officer Viv Rossow (see Pilots R) after being hit by flak, and became a POW. Appleton's loss was considered a sad one by the Squadron as "it was agreed that he was an outstanding N.C.O. pilot". Eight locomotives were damaged and stopped by the Squadron around Munster that day. (Source: 41 Squadron ORB, PRO http://www.pro.gov.uk/> Air 27/426)

      This article appeared in the Brisbane "Courier Mail" on 7 April 1945:

      Q'LD. AIRMEN SMASH JETS
      Queensland Spitfire pilots nave again been in the forefront of the battle against German jet planes over Europe.   
      Recently Warrant Officer V. J. Rossow, of Nanango, flying one of the latest five-blade propellor Spits., was on patrol when he saw a Messerschmitt 262 jet aircraft preparing to land.
      "I closed in on him and gave him a long burst," said Rossow. "I noticed strikes around his wing and tail-plane, but he streaked away before I had time to get to another shot."
      With Flying Officer E. Gray, of Toowoomba, Rossow then climbed to 6000ft. Gray noticed another jet aircraft 1000ft. below, and dived on it.
      "I saw the flashes of my bullets hitting the cockpit of the jet," said Gray, "and saw the jet, apparently out of control, falling through cloud."
      On the previous afternoon Gray sighted a Messerschmitt 110. Gray closed in and scored hits on the German plane, and before Gray could turn to attack again, one of his comrades finished off the Messerschmitt.
    Occupation Nanango, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Farmer 
    Occupation Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Public servant 
    • He was working for Telecom when he retired.
    FamilySearch ID K691-312 
    FamilySearch link https://familysearch.org/tree/#view=ancestor&person=K691-312 
    Died 25 Nov 1993  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Buried 26 Nov 1993  Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery And Crematorium, Graham Road, Bridgeman Downs, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery, Portion 18N, grave number 44
    Person ID I1760  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 25 Apr 2017 

    Father Edward Julius "Ted" ROSSOW,   b. 28 Jun 1888, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jun 1966, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Mary Agnes SULLIVAN,   b. 14 Jun 1889, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1981, Coorparoo, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 11 May 1910  Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F81  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret USHER,   b. 26 Aug 1923, Page Bank, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 2013, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1945  Castletown, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. Living
    +3. Living
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2007 
    Family ID F316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Sep 1918 - Nanango, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - - Nanango, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Public servant - - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Apr 1945 - Castletown, Durham, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Nov 1993 - Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 26 Nov 1993 - Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery and Crematorium, Graham Road, Bridgeman Downs, Queensland, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Queensland: Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages, 1918/014472 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S72] WW2 Nominal Roll [database on-line], (http://www.ww2roll.gov.au), Service Number: 414835 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1945 'Q'LD. AIRMEN SMASH JETS.', The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933-1954), 7 April, p. 2, viewed 22 May, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article48971148 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S121] Wise's Queensland Post Office Commercial Directory 1945, page 278, Queensland Towns Directory (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S24] Doyle, Dawn, Telephone call with Jennifer Crockett, 8 Oct 2006 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S120] Brisbane City Council cemetery burial records [database on-line], (http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au), Pinnaroo Lawn Cemetery (Reliability: 3).