Flight Sergeant John Kelvin HOARE

Service No: 431566
Born: Footscray VIC, 23 June 1925
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 July 1943
Unit: No. 80 Squadron
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 80 Squadron Kittyhawk aircraft A29-1145), Borneo, 4 August 1945, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Labuan War Cemetery, Malaysia
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John Peter and Victoria Harriet Hoare, of Mont Albert, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Box Hill VIC
Remembered: Panel 104, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 4 August 1945, Kittyhawk A29-1145 flown by Flight Sergeant Hoare was No. 4 in a formation of eight aircraft on a mission from Seppinggan to bomb and strafe Japanese concentrations near Balikpapen and return and refuel at Seppinggan and then return to Tarakan, Borneo. The flight was returning from the Seppinggan strip and flying at a height of 8,000 feet through a build-up of cumulus cloud to 18,000 feet with heavy rain below the cloud base. The aircraft were travelling through the weakest part of the frontal activity and on emerging from it the Leader noticed that Nos. 3 and 4 of the formation were missing. He called them up on the radio but no reply was received.  Another flight of eight aircraft following were called up and told to look out for the missing two aircraft as they may have collided. A later search party reported that the propeller of A29-1214 had cut off the tail of A29-1145 and both aircraft had crashed and both pilots had been killed.

The pilots lost were:

Flight Sergeant John Kelvin Hoare (431566) Pilot A29-1145
Flight Lieutenant Douglas Grant Vallance (401058) Pilot A29-1214


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/18/819; A9845, 171

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