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No. 464 Squadron
04.11.1942 No. 464 Squadron Lockhead Ventura AE737 SB-? F/Lt. Maurice Ivan Dore

Operation: Training Exercise

Date: 4th November 1942 (Wednesday)

Unit: No 464 RAAF Squadron

Type: Lockhead Ventura

Serial: AE737

Code: SB-?

Base: RAF Feltwell, Norfolk

Location: Stallode Fen near Lakenheath, Suffolk

Pilot: F/Lt. Maurice Ivan Dore. 78438. RAFVR. Killed (1)

Nav: W/O. Thomas Henry Martin. 751681. RAFVR. Killed (2)

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. John Frederick Palmer. 755739. RAFVR. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Herbert Philip Painting. 1600343. RAFVR. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Craig Sloan Thomson. 411408. RAAF. Killed (3)

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Lockhead Ventura and RAF Feltwell, Norfolk (courtesy Imperial War Museum)


Fl/Lt. Maurice Ivan Dore and crew took off from RAF Feltwell at 12 noon for a low level training exercise. This completed the aircraft was completing a circuit when it crashed at 14.45hrs. The aircraft came down in a field at Stallode Fen near Lakenheath, Suffolk. There was no apparent cause for the crash with the aircraft exploding and burning on impact killing all on board. 

Fl/Lt Dore and crew had only been with the Squadron since 9th October 1942. This was the first fatal accident for No. 464 RAAF Squadron

Burial details:


Sgt. Painting (courtesy Aircrew Remembered) Sgt. Thomson (courtesy David McNay) Fl/Sgt. Palmer Golders Green Crematorium (courtesy CWGC)

F/Lt. Maurice Ivan Dore. Feltwell (St. Nicholas) Churchyard. Norfolk. Grave Ref. Row C. Grave 3. Son of John Buchanan Dore and Faith Aline Dore. Husband of Betty Dore of Pinner, Middlesex. (1) Sgt. Maurice Ivan Dore 740930 was granted a commission as Pilot Officer on probation on the 24th March 1940 and was promoted to Flying Officer on the 24th March 1941. The Supplement to the London Gazette 1st January 1943 states that M. I. Dore 78438 (since deceased) was promoted to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Fl/Lt. Dore and crew were posted to No. 464 Squadron on the 9th October 1942

W/O. Thomas Henry Martin. Burton-Upon-Trent Cemetery, Staffordshire. Grave Ref. Cons. Sec. Grave 11903. Son of Thomas and Catherine Ellen Martin of Burton-Upon-Trent. (2) Thomas Henry Martin had also served on No 105 Squadron and No 101 Squadron in 1940

Fl/Sgt. John Frederick Palmer. Golders Green Crematorium, Middlesex. Grave Ref. Panel 3. Son of Percy John Palmer and Amy Grace Palmer of Edgware

Sgt. Herbert Philip Painting. Portchester (St. Mary) Churchyard. No further information about next of kin

Sgt. Craig Sloan Thomson. Rutherglen Cemetery, Lanarkshire. Grave Ref. Div. E. Grave 745. Son of Robert and Mary Thomson of Granville, New South Wales, Australia (3) Craig Sloan Thomson was born on the 8th June 1922 in Sydney, NSW, Australia and enlisted in Sydney

Researched by: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered and for all the relatives and friends of the crew. With special thanks to Commonwealth War Graves Commission, W R Chorley - Bomber Command Losses 1942, David McNay - Scottish War Graves Project, Australian War Memorial, London Gazette Archives, National Archives of Australia

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