Flight Sergeant Peter Frederick GUSTER

Service No: 417834
Born: Henley SA, 13 October 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 18 July 1942
Unit: No. 75 Squadron, Nooemfoor Island
Died: Air Operations (No. 75 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft A29-568), Babo, Dutch New Guinea, 23 August 1944, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick George and Violet Ruth Guster, of Henley Beach, South Australia
Roll of Honour: Henley Beach SA
Remembered: Panel 7, Lae Memorial, PNG
Remembered: Panel 103, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

While on a dive bombing mission at Babo on 23 August 1944, Flight Sergeant Guster in A29-568 was hit by anti-aircraft fire and glycol engine coolant was seen streaming from his aircraft. The aircraft was observed to climb away, roll over and crash into the sea without any indication of the pilot attempting to escape.

In 1947 a RAAF party search concluded that the aircraft sank in deep water and was unrecoverable.


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A9845, 161


Wilson, S. (Stewart) Spitfire, Mustang and Kittyhawk in Australian Service, Aerospace Publications Weston Creek ACT 2611, 1988

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