Raymond Robert George PORTER

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PORTER, Raymond Robert George

Service Number: 21526
Enlisted: 29 July 1940, Newcastle, New South Wales
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: 32 Operational Training Unit (RCAF Patricia Bay)
Born: Annandale, New South Wales, 10 February 1918
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Central Technical College, Sydney
Occupation: Clerk (Main Roads Dept)
Died: Accidental (training air crash), Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada, 16 October 1943, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lost Airmen of the Empire, Patricia Bay, Canada, Ottawa Memorial, Ontario, Canada
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World War 2 Service

29 Jul 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2, SN 21526, Newcastle, New South Wales
16 Oct 1943: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 21526, 32 Operational Training Unit (RCAF Patricia Bay), Empire Air Training Scheme

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Hampden AN132 flew into hill near Maggie Lake, 7 miles NE of Ucluelet while on a night navigation exercise - (Information sourced by Doug Rollins)

"...the Hampden Bomber had a known design flaw - the twin rudders were too small and if the pilot tried to bank at slow speed it would “yaw”, slide sideways and often not recover." - Peter Brand

Other Crew members who perished in that accident;

423098 Sgt. Mervyn Charles Bruce SMITH (/explore/people/647692) - RAAF of Bundarra, New South Wales

1586682 Sgt. Peter Francis HORNBROOK - RAF of Virdin, Illinois

1318169 Sgt. Ronald Frank ALLCORN - RAF of Wickham, Kent

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

A Hampden aircraft of No 6 Operational Trg RAF on a night navigation training exercise on 16 October 1943, but the aircraft did not return to base from this 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.
Crew:
RAAF 21526 PO Porter, R R G (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
RAAF 423098 Sgt Smith, M C B (Wireless Operator Air Gunner)
Plus 2 members of the RAF.
In 1945, the wreckage of a Hampden aircraft and the remains of 4 crew were located north of Maggie Lake on Vancouver Island, Canada. 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, and that the crew would be  commemorated on a memorial to the missing at Ottawa, Canada. 

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