LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Robert James CARRODUS

Service No: 401367
Born: Essendon VIC, 8 January 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 2 February 1941
Unit: No. 269 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Air Operations: (No. 269 Squadron Hudson aircraft FE423), off Greenland, 1 March 1943, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Samuel Hodgson Carrodus and Ellen Alice Carrodus, of Essendon, Victoria, Australia. A.I.C.A.
Roll of Honour: Essendon VIC
Remembered: Panel 192, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 120, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 1252 hours on 1 March 1943 Hudson FE423 took off from Greenland on an anti-submarine patrol as escort to a convoy moving in an area along the south west coast of Greenland. At 1345 hours a recall signal was sent to the aircraft and acknowledged. At 1405 hours the aircraft was instructed to divert and land at Bluewest One or Marrak, whichever landing ground had the best weather conditions. The aircraft did not return and searches over a three week period by US navy ships and flying patrols, did not locate the missing aircraft or crew. In 1948 it was recorded that the missing crew members had lost their lives at sea.

The crew members of FE423 were:

Flight Sergeant William Arnott (642204) (RAF) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Robert James Carrodus (401367) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Alfred David Johnson (117471) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Anthony John Lane (122996) (RAFVR) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/7/47