Flying Officer Frederick Dunlop RUTLEDGE

Service No: 426164
Born: Sydney NSW, 13 March 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 23 May 1942 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 1315 Flight (RAF)
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 1315 Flight Dakota aircraft KN334), PNG, 2 July 1945, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Frederick David and Ellen May Rutledge, of South Brisbane, Queensland
Roll of Honour: Brisbane QLD
Remembered: Panel 129, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 2 July 1945, Dakota KN334 was reported missing on a transport flight from Townsville to Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, while carrying freight for the Royal Navy. The aircraft’s last known position was 12.16S 149.33E, but it failed to arrive at its destination. The weather at the time was very bad with low cloud and heavy rain. The wreck of the aircraft was later found on Mt Iamuhara, Papua New Guinea at a height of 1,500 feet in the Samarai district in position 10.29S 150.15E. The aircraft had crashed into the side of the mountain and all on board had been killed.

The crew members of KN334 were:

Warrant Officer Kenneth Clement Bevan (1140088) (RAFVR) (Radio Operator)
Flying Officer Frederick Dunlop Rutledge (426164) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Charles Raymond Kerferd Young DFC (425802) (Pilot)


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, 166/36/622

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