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PETERS, FREDERICK THORNTON, VC, DSO, DSC & BAR

Service:Royal Navy
Rank:Captain
Date of Birth:17 September 1889
Place of Birth:Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Date of Death:13 November 1942 (Aged 53 years)
Decorations:Victoria Cross
Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Distinguished Service Cross and Bar
Mentioned in Despatches
Distinguished Service Cross (US)

Timeline

13 November 1942 †Sunderland W6054: Aircraft crashed into Plymouth Sound on a travel flight from Gibraltar.

Citations

Victoria Cross:
For valour in taking HMS Walney, in an enterprise of desperate hazard, into the harbour of Oran on the 8th November, 1942. Captain Peters led his force through the boom towards the jetty in the face of point-blank fire from shore batteries, a Destroyer and a Cruiser. Blinded in one eye, he alone of the seventeen Officers and Men on the bridge survived. The Walney reached the jetty disabled and ablazed and went down with her colours flying.

Burial Details

THIS PERSON HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE
Memorial:PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Panel:Panel 61, Column 3.

External Links

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The London Gazette - Victoria Cross Citation (14 May 1943)
The London Gazette - Bar to the Distinguished Service Cross Announcement (9 July 1940)
The London Gazette - Distinguished Service Cross (US) Announcement (15 January 1943)
Wikipedia

References

The Ships Project n.f.d. Sunderland Aircraft (W6054). Shipwrecks and History in Plymouth Sound. Retrieved 29 April 2018 from <http://www.promare.co.uk/ships/Wrecks/Wk_Ac_Sunderland_W6054.html>.

Record updated on 30 April 2018.


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