Flight Lieutenant Robert Leslie Scarlett

Flight Lieutenant Robert Leslie Scarlett

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  • Gender Male 
    Born 19 February 1920  Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    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.”  [2
    Died 20 December 1944  Bougainville, Solomon Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Killed in Action RNZAF WW II
    Buried after 20 December 1944  Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, Bourail, New Caledonia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Originally entered as “Bouganville" from Tom Fitzsimons
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    Person ID I2154  Roger
    Last Modified 25 April 2016 

    Father Leslie Robert Scarlett,   b. 6 March 1898, Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 December 1981, Karamea, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Mother Eliza Margaret “Maggie” James,   b. 7 October 1899, Pontyberem, Carmarthen, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 December 1982, Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F528  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 February 1920 - Westport, West Coast, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 December 1944 - Bougainville, Solomon Islands Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - after 20 December 1944 - Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, Bourail, New Caledonia Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend Address Cemetery Farm Town Parish City County/Shire State/Province Country Region Not Set

  • Photos
    Robert Leslie Scarlett
    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 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
    Graves Registration Report Form - shows R. L. Scarlett and T. R. Scarlett
    Memorial Certificate of Robert Leslie Scarlett
    Memorial Certificate of Robert Leslie Scarlett
    From Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2385091/SCARLETT,%20ROBERT%20LESLIE

  • Sources 
    1. [S309] GEDCOM File “Ruth.ged”, from Tom Fitzsimons.
    2. [S2553] Website titled “facebook - Air Force Museum of New Zealand”, posted by Air Force Museum of New Zealand.
    3. [S2554] Website of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, posted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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