Peter Munro's story

Peter Munro was a clerk in the Western Australian railways before the war. He enlisted in June 1943 and was trained as an aircrew gunner in Australia.

After training,Peter was then sent to Britain and joined No 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), at Mount Batten, near Plymouth in the United Kingdom (UK).

From August 1944 to the end of the war, Peter flew in Sunderland flying-boats on anti-submarine and convoy escort missions in the Atlantic.

With missions as long as 12 hours, the aircrew required a cook. Peter filled this role in addition to his gunnery duties, although no record survives of his skill in the culinary art.

One mission Peter had a special memory of was in December 1943, when his Sunderland flew an anti-submarine search over an ocean liner bound for the United States. The liner was so well-escorted by a battleship and destroyers that Peter's crew speculated on the value of the cargo; gold bullion was the majority view.

In February 1946, Peter was discharged from the RAAF with the rank of Warrant Officer. He returned to his job as a clerk on the railways for 23 years. His later careers included real estate sales and a share in the ownership of a rock lobster boat.

Last updated: 8 October 2021

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DVA (Department of Veterans' Affairs) (2021), Peter Munro's story, DVA Anzac Portal, accessed 24 January 2022,
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