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Sergeant Robert Mitchell Cutting

 

590946  608 Squadron, Royal Air Force

 

Robert Cutting was born around 1919 and was the son of Walter and Amy Ann Cutting.  He was the grandson of Mrs. Rosena Parmenter and the late Mr. David Parmenter of Broom Street, Great Cornard.  His grandparents lost their eldest son Robert in the First World War and he is remembered on the Great Cornard War Memorial.

 

Robert’s parents lived in Saffron Walden but when he was young he lived in the village with his grandparents and went to school in what is now known as The Old School on the junction of Wells Hall Road and Head Lane.  He left the village to attend Newport Grammar School in Essex.  He joined the Royal Air Force and had served for six years.  He qualified as a pilot at the outbreak of war.  His younger brother also served in the Royal Air Force and in 1944 with the rank of Squadron Leader was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

608 Squadron was a general reconnaissance squadron equipped with Avro Ansons based at RAF Thornaby, about 2 miles southwest of Middlesbrough.  At the outbreak of war the Ansons were replaced with Bothas and flew anti submarine patrols but the Bothas were found to be unsuitable and the squadron reverted back to Ansons. In March 1941 they began to be equipped with Bristol Blenheims. 

 

Robert was killed aged 22 on 7th March 1941, there is no known grave and he is remembered on the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, near Windsor.  A newspaper report in the Suffolk and Essex Free Press states that Robert was killed in a flying accident. 

 

©Shirley Smith - Sudbury & District Royal British Legion - November 2008