Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Anthony James Pinhorn

In memory of:

Squadron Leader Anthony James Pinhorn

January 6, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

42468

Age:

28

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Air Force

Division:

206 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

Distinguished Flying Cross. 'During his second tour of operational duty Squadron Leader Pinhorn has taken part in a large number of operational sorties including anti-submarine patrols and bombing attacks in Norway. Since May,1943, this officer has served as Flight Commander and in that capacity has displayed fine administrative and flying ability setting a splendid example to all under his command.'

Additional Information


Born in Hamiota, Manitoba on 3 September 1915. Son of Harold J. and G. Maud Pinhorn, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Brother of Gwendolen (Wendy) Hopkins, ARRC. Squadron Leader Pinhorn was piloting a Fortress aircraft #FA 705 when it failed to return from an anti-sub patrol in the Azores. He had completed seventy long-range operations in Hudson aircraft during 1940 when assigned to #269 Squadron. He was an all round outdoorsman, being particularly keen on fishing and hunting, pursuits which he was able to enjoy when posted to Wick, Northern Scotland, and Iceland.

Commemorated on Page 607 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 201.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial Plaque– Sqn Ldr Pinhorn's name on the Air Forces Memorial, Runnymede, Surrey, England

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