GUTHRIE Robert Edmund 406649

LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Robert Edmund GUTHRIE

Service No: 406649
Born: Claremont WA, 28 February 1913
Enlisted in the RAAF: 3 March 1941
Unit: No. 14 Operational Training Unit (RAF), RAF Cottesmore, Rutland
Died: Air Operations: (No. 14 Operational Training Unit Hampden aircraft P5322), Germany, 1 August 1942, Aged 29 Years
Buried: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Alexander and Mary Elizabeth Guthrie; husband of Irene Victoria Guthrie, of Bundeena Bay, New South Wales, Australia. B.A.
Roll of Honour: Claremont WA
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Hampden P5322 took off from RAF Cottesmore at 0001 hours on the morning of1 August 1942, detailed to bomb Dusseldorf, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. Three of the crew lost their lives and one became a Prisoner of War.

The crew members of P5322 were:

Flying Officer Robert Edmund Guthrie (406649) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Elwin Thomas Hunking (R/78903) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Sergeant Charles Alexander Brian McMullin (1184109) (RAFVR) (Observer)
Warrant Officer II J H Morrison (R/76278) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/34/210

Bibliography:

Gaston, Bruce DFC (406646), Harry Horner DFC OAM (406595), Raymond Storer (406666) (Editors), Aircrew for the Duration: of and by members of RAAF EATS Courses 10, 11, 12 & 13, Gaston Horner and Storer, Nedlands WA, 1990