SHEARER Robert Edward 415919

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Robert Edward Seymour SHEARER

Service No: 415919
Born: Victoria Park WA, 7 May 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 March 1942
Unit: No. 150 Squadron (RAF), Amendola, Italy
Died: Air Operations (No. 150 Squadron Wellington aircraft LN811), Hungary, 25 June 1944, Aged 23 Years
Buried: Budapest War Cemetery, Hungary
CWGC Additional Information: Son of William Edward and Constance Mary Shearer, of West Perth, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Perth WA
Remembered: Panel 130, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Wellington LN811 took off at 2047 hours on the night of 24/25th June 1944 detailed to bomb the Budapest Oil Refineries at Budapest, Hungary. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. A Missing Research & Enquiry team operating in Hungary, later reported “the aircraft crashed at Erdomajorpuszta on 25th June 1944 presumably as a result of enemy action.” All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LN811 were:

Sergeant James Walter Chaplin (1390585) (RAFVR) (Navigator)
Sergeant Jonathon Jackson (1601597) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Terence Desmond Murray (427211) (Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer II Norman Thomas Sloane Reed (R/137992) (RCAF) (Air Bomber)
Pilot Officer Robert Edward Seymour Shearer (415919) (Pilot)

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 Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/37/454