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192 Squadron Crest
26/27.08.1944 No. 192 Squadron Mosquito FB.IV DZ405 DT-H W/O. Peter F.C. Pearn

Operation: BS (Bomber Support)

Date: 26/27th August 1944 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 192 Squadron

Type: Mosquito FB. IV

Serial: DZ405

Code: DT-H

Base: RAF Foulsham, Norfolk

Location: Not known, target area?

Pilot: W/O. Peter Francis Cory Pearn 1313836 RAFVR Age 21. Killed

Nav: Fl/Sgt. Austin Joseph Foster 1800552 RAFVR Age 24. Killed


Taking of from RAF Fulham in Norfolk at 22:22 hrs on a special ties flight checking on German radar installations. Probably shot down by anti-aircraft fire as no Luftwaffe reports found on claiming his aircraft.

Area of operations with insert W/O. Peter Francis Cory Pearn (courtesy Sherborne School archives)

Sherborne School, Dorset - Any further information that you are able to assist them with fallen former pupils from all wars, we would be pleased to pass onto them. 

Burial details:

W/O. Peter Francis Cory Pearn. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.18. Further information courts Sherborne School Archives: Born 22nd January 1923, the son of Edward James Jennings Pearn and Betty Rozina Pearn, of 13 Upper High Street, Taunton, Somerset, England. Attended Chafyn Grove school, Salisbury. Attended Sherborne School (The Green) January 1937-December 1940; 6th form.

Obituary, 'The Shirburnian', July 1945: 'Peter Francis Cory Pearn (c, '37-'40),  was reported missing from a raid over South-West Germany at the end of August 1944, and is now presumed killed in action. He came to Sherborne from Chafyn Grove, Salisbury, in January 1937. Though small of stature, he at once showed promise in both rugger and cricket. Before leaving, he had won both his 2nd XV and 2nd XI colours and might well have gone further if he had not left young to join the RAF. A determination to succeed was characteristic of him in all he undertook, and it was as much to this trait as to any natural ability that he owed his success in games. He completed his RAF training in Canada and, after his return to his country, was for a long time employed on training duties. Eventually he was posted to a Mosquito Squadron, with which he was serving when he lost his life

Fl/Sgt. Austin Joseph Foster. Rheinberg War Cemetery. Grave 8.E.18. Son of Ernest and Ethel May Foster, husband of Peggy Kathleen Foster, of Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England.

With thanks to Sherborne School Archives for additional information. Additional sources as quoted below.

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