LEST WE FORGET

Warrant Officer Donald Ernest MUTIMER

Service No: 410694
Born: Brunswick VIC, 2 February 1917
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 January 1942
Unit: No. 455 Squadron, RAF Station Dallachy
Died: Air Operations: (No. 455 Squadron Beaufighter aircraft NV196), off the Norwegian Coast, 9 February 1945, Aged 28 Years
Buried: Haugesund (Rossebo) Var Frelsers Cemetery, Norway
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick Louis and Marie Mutimer; husband of Margaret Phyllis Mutimer, of East Brunswick Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 106, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Beaufighter NV196 took off from Dallachy at 1346 hours on 9 February 1945 to carry out an anti-shipping patrol over Sandoy-Bremanger. Eleven aircraft from the Squadron took part in the sortie and two of these including NV196 failed to return. The No. 455 Squadron aircraft were accompanied by 11 Rocket-equipped Beaufighters (No. 404 Squadron (RCAF)), 8 anti-flak Beaufighters and 2 outriders (No. 144 Squadron (RAF)), escorted by 12 Mustangs (No. 65 Squadron (RAF)) and 2 Air Sea Rescue Warwick aircraft (No. 279 Squadron (RAF)).

The crew members of NV196 were:

Pilot Officer John Douglas Blackshaw (432095) (Navigator Wireless)
Warrant Officer Donald Ernest Mutimer (410694) (Pilot)

No. 455 Squadron lost Beaufighter NV199 (Flight Lieutenant Robert Charles McColl DFC (413227) (Pilot)) on 9 February 1945.

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, 166/28/520

Bibliography:

Gordon, I. (Ian) Strike and Strike Again: 455 Squadron 1944-5, Banner Books Belconnen ACT 2616, 1995
Lawson, John Horwood Wightman (251634) The Story of No. 455 Squadron (RAAF), Wilke and Company, Melbourne VIC, 1951