Sergeant Douglas Robert RUTHERFORD

Service No: 404203
Born: Brisbane QLD, 27 February 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 21 June 1940
Unit: No. 59 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station North Cotes
Died: Air Operations: (No. 59 Squadron Hudson aircraft AM796), North Sea, 2 March 1942, Aged 24 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Robert and Gertrude Rutherford, of Maryborough, Queensland, Australia
Roll of Honour: Pialba QLD
Remembered: Panel 113, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

At 0855 hours on 2 March 1942 Hudson AM796 took off from North Cotes on a Reefer Patrol over the North Sea. From then nothing further heard of either the aircraft or any member of the crew.

The crew members of AM796 were:

Flying Officer Donald Hunter Bain (404638) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Sergeant Winston Trevor Jones (402999) (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Sergeant Keith John Collinge Lauder (402510) (Pilot)
Sergeant Douglas Robert Rutherford (404203) (Air Observer)


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, 163/159/61

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