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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R R J Nute


Romilly Ronald James Nute was born on 31st October 1917 in Karnataka, India, the son of John Francis Allen Nute (1882-1938) and Muriel Amelia Nute (nee Swasbrook 1891-1978).

His father was serving there with the Devonshire Regiment and Bengal Lancers. The family came to Devon in 1930, his father became a police inspector.

Romilly joined the RAF in August 1935 as an Aircrafthand. He later remustered as an Airman u/t Air Gunner and was serving with 23 Squadron at Collyweston in early July 1940.







He was killed on the night of 10/11th March 1941, still with 23 Squadron, when his Blenheim IF L1340 YP*X collided with a He111 during an intruder sortie.

The other crew members also killed were Sgt. FH Abbott and Sgt. VH Skillen (another Battle veteran).

Nute is buried in St Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France.


Above: his original CWGC grave marker.







Additional research and all images courtesy of Adam and Stephen Craik.


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