Sergeant Gordon William HUTTON

Service No: 402856
Born: Liverpool NSW, 3 January 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 11 November 1940
Unit: No. 122 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Catterick, Yorkshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 122 Squadron Spitfire aircraft BL251), Yorkshire, 5 December 1941, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Catterick Cemetery, Yorkshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sidney Gordon Marshall Hutton and Bessie Hutton, of Bulli, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Bulli NSW
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Woonona-Bulli RSL War Memorial, Woonona NSW

At 0845 hours on 5 December 1941 Sergeant Hutton in Spitfire BL251 took off from Catterick as Blue 2. Pilot Officer R E Hardy (RAF) who was flying as Blue 1 reported: “Upon arrival at Thornaby, I judge the cloud base to be at 1,000 feet. I considered the conditions to be unfit for operations by two aircraft and decided to return to Scorton as I had been told to do if I disliked the weather. I could not see Middlesbrough or its obstructions and accordingly turned to starboard height 1,000 feet and was forced to fly into some rather dense cloud at about 0900 hours. I commenced a rate one half turn by instruments at 200 mph. I looked up to see how Blue 2 was faring and saw him sliding into me from above. I avoided him and straightened up alongside. I commenced to turn again and after a few seconds saw his near port wing go up and Blue 2 again slid towards me. I avoided him by depressing my nose and he continued to slide to port. He disappeared in cloud and I saw him no more.” BL251 crashed at Upsall Mill Farm near Guisborough and Sergeant Hutton was killed. In a later Report of a Flying Accident the Commanding Officer of No. 122 Squadron stated “the pilot lost control in cloud, failed to transfer to instruments successfully and had insufficient height to recover”.


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, 163/124/96
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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