Flight Lieutenant Robert Leslie Scarlett1920 - 1944 (24 years) Submit Photo / Document
Gender Male Born 19 February 1920 Westport, West Coast, New Zealand  Military Robert Scarlett was in the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War Two.
From the Facebook page of “Air Force Museum of New Zealand”
“Our final story in our remembrance series in the lead-up to Anzac Day 2016 story takes place in the Pacific theatre of operations during World War Two, on the island of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.
On the morning of 20 December 1944, wireless operator Flight Lieutenant Robert Scarlett of Westport took off with his highly experienced crew in a No. 1 Squadron RNZAF Lockheed Ventura. In true Anzac spirit, they were tasked with dropping supplies to Australian troops fighting the Japanese. After some delay, they commenced their dropping run but had insufficient power to make it over a ridge, stalled and crashed into the dense undergrowth. Their pilot, Flight Lieutenant Denis Hobbs and navigator Sergeant Fred Dudley died instantly. Robert Scarlett and the two air gunners were badly injured. Robert, together with Warrant Officer Stan Anzac Nuttall, was carried down from the ridge by Australian soldiers, but sadly, he died on the way. Stan also later died of his burns. Only the remaining air gunner, Flight Sergeant Neville Gardiner survived, having been rescued and evacuated by the Australians and local coast-watchers.
The four crew who died are buried in the Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery in New Caledonia. Like other families in New Zealand, Robert Scarlett’s received a Memorial Cross in addition to his campaign and service medals as a symbol of his sacrifice.” 
Died 20 December 1944 Bougainville, Solomon Islands 
- Killed in Action RNZAF WW II
Buried after 20 December 1944 Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, Bourail, New Caledonia [1, 2, 3]
- Originally entered as “Bouganville" from Tom Fitzsimons
Headstones Submit Headstone Photo Person ID I2154 Roger Last Modified 25 April 2016
Father Leslie Robert Scarlett, b. 6 March 1898, Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand , d. 15 December 1981, Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand (Age 83 years) Mother Eliza Margaret “Maggie” James, b. 7 October 1899, Pontyberem, Carmarthen, Wales , d. 11 December 1982, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand (Age 83 years) Family ID F528 Family Group Sheet | Family Chart
Event Map Born - 19 February 1920 - Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Died - 20 December 1944 - Bougainville, Solomon Islands Buried - after 20 December 1944 - Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, Bourail, New Caledonia = Link to Google Earth Pin Legend
Photos Robert Leslie Scarlett
“Portrait of Flight Lieutenant Robert Leslie Scarlett, from the archives of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.” Posted on Facebook by Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
Robert Leslie Scarlett’s Service Medals
“Robert Scarlett’s medal group, including the Memorial Cross on the far right, now in the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.“ Photo posted on Facebook by Air Force Museum of New Zealand on 23 April 2016
Documents Graves Registration Report Form - shows R. L. Scarlett and T. R. Scarlett Memorial Certificate of Robert Leslie Scarlett
From Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website
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