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30th April 1945 614 Squadron Mosquito PR.IX LR442 F/O. Robinson

Operation: Amendola - Luqa

Date: 30th April 1945 (Monday)

Unit: No. 614 Squadron (motto: Codaf I geisio - 'I rise to search') 240 Wing. 205 Group

Type: Mosquito PR.IX

Serial: LR442

Code: RAU-?

Base: Amendola, Italy

Location: Capodichino airfield

Pilot: F/O. Brian Charles Robinson NZ/427562 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. David Idris Mutton 1586678 RAFVR Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

After 90 minutes from leaving Amendola the pilot called to say he was returning to Italy as the port engine was giving some trouble. On approach to Capodichino airfield at 09:34 with the port engine feathered, the starboard engine then failed.

LR442 stalled and then spun into the ground catching fire. Both crew were killed.

Burial details:

F/O. Brian Charles Robinson. Naples War Cemetery. Grave IV.H.4. Born on the 03rd February 1923 at Auckland. Prior to service worked as a clerk for Lands and Survey Departmentat Rotorua. Enlisted in the RNZAF from the territorial army on the 11the July 1942. Awarded his pilots badge and promoted to sergeant on the 17th September 1943 following training in Canada. Awarded his commission on the 11th July 1944. After serving with 104 and 256 squadron joined 614 on the 26th March 1945. Son of Charles Henry Robinson and of Lurline Amy Robinson (nee Radford) of Ngongotaha, New Zealand. 531 flying hours logged with 11 solo on the Mosquito. 31 operational sorties but with 104 Squadron flying the Wellington.

Fl/Sgt. David Idris Mutton. Naples War Cemetery. Grave IV.H.3. Son ol Frank and Mary Charlotta Mutton, of Liskeard, Cornwall. Grave inscription: 'To Live In The Hearts Of Those We Love Is Not To Die. "Peace, Perfect Peace'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Jenifer Lemaire and to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, AWMM, Weekly News of New Zealand, other sources as quoted below:

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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