LEST WE FORGET

Flying Officer Stanley Charles MUTIMER

Service No: 400153
Born: Melbourne VIC, 5 April 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 June 1940
Unit: No. 22 Squadron (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 22 Squadron Beaufort aircraft W6543), Colombo, 13 February 1943, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Colombo (Kanatte) General Cemetery, Sri Lanka
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Albert George and Esther Evelyn Mutimer, of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; husband of Theone Carina Mutimer, of Karon, Wellington, New Zealand
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 127, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At about 0610 hours on 13 February 1943 Beaufort W6543 took off from RAF Station Colombo. Shortly after take-off, the aircraft struck the roof of a house approximately 400 yards from the west end on the runway and crashed, killing two crew members, fatally injuring one and seriously injuring the other two.

The crew members of W6543 were:

Flight Lieutenant Ian Stewart Leahy (404031) (RNZAF) (Navigator Bomb Aimer)
Flying Officer Stanley Charles Mutimer (400153) (Pilot)
Sergeant J H Sheriston (1309871) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) Seriously injured
Sergeant R Simons (1375443) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) Seriously injured
Flying Officer Basil Le Breton Smith (412525) (RNZAF) (Pilot) (Supernumerary, No 30 Squadron RAF) Fatally injured, Died: 13 February 1943

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, 166/28/53