Date of Enlistment:
3 Ops with 156 Squadron
Date of Birth:
Awards: Mentioned in
Despatches, London Gazette 26544, 2nd June 1944, page 2630.
Son of Jesse Robert and
Daisy Jane Mount, of 7 Stanley Gardens, Herne Bay, Kent
Robert was an old Council School boy
and on leaving school was apprenticed to Mr J Fendon of North
Street. Later he acted as messenger for the N.F.S. and volunteered
for the R.A.F. in 1941.
According to the 156 Squadron
Operations Record Book (ORB) F/Sgt. Mount's first sortie was
on the 23/12/1943, to Berlin, followed a week later again to Berlin
on 01/01/1944 and again the following night to Berlin on his final
His operational time on the
squadron amounted to only ten days.
His final mission, to Berlin, on the
02/01/1944 took off from Warboys at 00:04 and crashed at
Riesdorf. His captain F/O Cairns, with 46 sorties credited, had
flown previously with 150 Squadron, his DFM being gazetted on 27
October 1942. (details from Chorley's Bomber Command
Of the 14 aircraft despatched from this
squadron on this mission, 5 aircraft did not return. 33 Crew Members
were killed and 3 Crew Members ended up as POWs.
A staggering loss rate of 35.71%
F/Sgt Mount has no known grave and is
remembered on the Runnymede Memorial.