Four Star Australian Freemason Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Scherger KBE, CB, DSO, AFC
The below, Edited and rewritten by WBro D Hudson (Devotion News No 99, June - July 2015)
from material and research written by RWBro. Sean Thomson PDGM.
Bro. Air Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Scherger, KBE, CB, DSO, AFC, the Highest Military Ranked Australian Freemason
Australian WW 2 Planes
The CAC Wirraway (an Aboriginal word meaning "challenge") shown above, was a training and general purpose military aircraft manufactured in Australia by the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) between 1939 and 1946. The aircraft was an Australian development of the North American NA-16 training aircraft.
During World War II, the Wirraway saw action, in a makeshift light bomber/ground attack capacity, against Japanese forces. It was also the starting point for the design of an "emergency fighter", the CAC Boomerang shown below.
The F111 (shown above)
Scherger influenced the purchase of Iroquois helicopters for Australia(shown above). This copter became synonymous with the Vietnam conflict.
Official RAAF portrait of Air Marshal Scherger as Chief of the Air Staff
Four Star Australian Freemason: Post Scriptum
Bro. Air Chief Marshall Sir Frederick Scherger, KBE, CB, DSO, AFC
On Monday 5 May 2016, WBro Ben Quick of United Grand Lodge Victoria contacted me in response to an earlier request for details on Sir Frederick Scherger. Ben confirms that;
Scherger affiliated to our constitution on 17th August 1937 (Lodge Adastral No. 397). However at that time Bro Fred's membership card had not been found..
September 2018 : We know Scherger was WM of Adastral Lodge 1939-45. I suspect the lodge went into recess for the whole of the War. That Scherger "affiliated" to our Constitution in 1937 in Adastral suggested Adrastral may not have been his mother lodge and it is even possible he was not made a Freemason in the Victorian Constitution. However we now know Scherger was Initiated into Adastral in 1929, resigned in 1935 and re-affiliated there in 1937. While the Lodge and the Jurisdiction of his initiation was previously unknown, but we knew UGLV and Adastral Lodge certainly received him as member and as a Freemason in good standing - just as the United Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Victoria did via Werribee Mark Lodge No 98 much earlier on 7 July 1930.I have now had a response to my request to Masonic Researchers to reliably identify the Lodge Scherger was Initiated into.
Bro Ange Kenos of the UGLV Grand Library forwarded me the below in Sept 2018. Fred Scherger was Initiated on 21 May 1929 into Adastral Lodge No 397 UGLV and resigned in 1935, rejoined in 1937 and again resigned in 1951. In 1950 he had joined The Lodge of the Golden Fleece No 300 UGLV later (date illegible) resigned from that lodge as well.