Reginald Arthur KRUTLI

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KRUTLI, Reginald Arthur

Service Number: 421870
Enlisted: 24 April 1942
Last Rank: Warrant Officer
Last Unit: No. 460 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Numurkah, Victoria, Australia, 15 September 1913
Home Town: Numurkah, Moira, Victoria
Schooling: Numurkah High School (1919-28),Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Shop Assistant
Died: Flying Battle, Germany, 19 October 1944, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Durnbach Cemetery, Germany
Coll Grave 8. C. 26-30 Local Roll of Honour- Numurkah Vic.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Warrant Officer, SN 421870
24 Apr 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 421870, 4 Initial Training School
24 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 421870
24 Apr 1942: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 421870
20 Jun 1942: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman
7 Jan 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Sergeant
7 Jul 1943: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant
7 Jul 1944: Promoted Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer
29 Sep 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 421870, No. 460 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Warrant Officer, SN 421870

19October 1944

Reginald Krutli served in 460 Squadron, part of Bomber Command based at Binbrook, England.

On the night of 19 October 1944 he was in a plane which took part in a raid on Stuttgart. The aircraft was a four-engined Lancaster bomber from 460 Squadron. 460 Squadron was predominantly made up of Australian RAAF personnel. The plane's squadron lettering was AR-Z and serial number PB152. The other crew members were:
Pilot Flight Officer Peter FONTAINE (Australian)
Engineer Sergeant Arthur CHISMAN (English)
Navigator Warrant Officer Reginald George Bain (Australian)
Bomb Aimer Flight Officer Charles MIDDLETON (Australian)
Wireless Operator Flight Sergeant George NEWMAN (Australian)
Mid-upper Gunner Warrant Officer Reginald KRUTLI (Australian)
Tail Gunner Flight Sergeant Edward KENEALY (Australian)

The plane was shot down by a German Junkers 88 night fighter near Tubingen, Germany. The only survivor was the Navigator, Reginald George BAIN. His account of the night and his subsequent time as a POW can be found under his name on this VWMA website. In 2003, Reg Bain fulfilled a life-long wish to return to Germany to pay his respects to his fellow crew members. He visited the site of their crash near Tubingen and their graves in Durnbach War Cemetery.

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