LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Peter Malcolm HORE

Service No: 434172
Born: Melbourne VIC, 31 January 1924
Enlisted in the RAAF: 30 October 1942 (at Brisbane QLD)
Unit: No. 10 Squadron, RAF Station Mount Batten, Devon
Died: Aircraft Accident: (No. 10 Squadron Sunderland aircraft ML829), Plymouth Sound, 9 February 1945, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery, Somerset
CWGC Additional Information: Son of George Henry and Gladys Isabella Hore. of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 99, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Rathmines Memorial Bowling Club, Rathmines NSW
Remembered: Former Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Head Office Honour Rolls, Sydney NSW

Brother of Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Vernon Hore (412533)

On the 9th February 1945, Sunderland ML829 took off from Plymouth Sound, at 0711 hours on an operational sortie. It failed to become airborne after passing the end of the flare path, struck the boom defence, broke up and sank almost immediately. Flight Sergeant Hore drowned and his body was recovered later, and Flight Sergeant Groennou died at 0845 hours in Station Sick Quarters from injuries received. Four of the crew were seriously injured, two slightly injured and three not injured but shocked.

The crew members of ML829 were:

Flight Sergeant Clifford Arthur Allison (8998) (Flight Engineer) Not injured / shocked, Discharged from the RAAF: 22 March 1946
Flight Sergeant Albert Ross Emerton (439628) (Air Gunner) Seriously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 18 January 1946
Flying Officer Ivan Wynn Fielder (422798) (Third Pilot) Slightly injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 19 February 1946
Flight Sergeant Harry Thomas Groennou (15979) (Flight Engineer) Killed
Flight Lieutenant Reginald William Stuart Gross DFC (265147) (Stn Navigation Officer) Seriously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 6 June 1947
Pilot Officer Peter Malcolm Hore (434172) (Air Gunner) Killed
Warrant Officer Herbert Douglas Randell MBE (411642) (Wireless Air Gunner) Not injured / shocked, Discharged from the RAAF: 9 October 1945
Flight Lieutenant Stanley Robert Hamilton Reeve (429485) (Pilot) Seriously injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 27 February 1946
Flight Lieutenant William Hubert Stockdale (O35235) (409455) (Second Pilot) Slightly injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 26 February 1946
Flight Sergeant Malcolm MacGregor Summers (435004) (Wireless Air Gunner) Not injured / shocked, Discharged from the RAAF: 21 September 1945
Flight Sergeant Walter Norman Watts (422888) (Wireless Air Gunner) Seriously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 9 January 1946

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/18/620
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

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