LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Raymond Robert George PORTER

Service No: 21526
Born: Annandale NSW, 10 February 1918
Enlisted in the RAAF: 29 July 1940
Unit: No. 32 Operational Training Unit (RAF), Patricia Bay, British Columbia
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 32 Operational Training Unit Hampden aircraft AN132), Vancouver Island, Canada, 16 October 1943, Aged 25 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of John James Porter and Stella May Porter, of Five Dock, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Sydney NSW
Remembered: Panel 3, Column 1, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada
Remembered: Panel 133, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Drummoyne War Memorial, Drummoyne NSW

Brother of Flight Sergeant Harvey James Porter (433742)

On 16 October 1943 Hampden AN132 did not return from a night navigation training exercise. The last radio contact was at 1949 hours on the 16 October. All emergency measures were taken to make contact with the aircraft but were unsuccessful. Searches were conducted for five days, but no trace could be found of the missing aircraft or crew. In 1945, the wreckage of a Hampden aircraft and the remains of four crew members were located north of Maggie Lake on Vancouver Island. The crash occurred on a hill in mountainous and wooded country, with access being too difficult to bring out the unidentifiable remains. A burial party including an RCAF Chaplain proceeded to the scene of the crash on Monday 30 July 1945 to conduct a funeral service and effect burial. In 1949 the Imperial War Graves Commission advised that it was not possible for the grave to be registered and to place a permanent headstone over the grave.

The crew members of Hampden AN132 were:

Sergeant Ronald Frank Allcorn (1318169) (RAFVR)
Sergeant Peter Francis Hornbrook (1586682) (RAFVR)
Pilot Officer Raymond Robert George Porter (21526) (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner)
Sergeant Mervyn Charles Bruce Smith (423098) (Wireless Operator / Air Gunner)

References:

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, 166/33/85
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line