They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


John Edward Peter Anderson


Lieutenant, RCN


Born: 29 Mar 1927, Toronto, Ontario


Died: 17 Apr 1952 at sea


Book of Remembrance


Anderson, John Edward Peter, Lieutenant, RCN, MPK 17 Sep 1952, HMCS SHEARWATER - Son of Alfred and Sarah Anderson of Niagara, Ontario. Husband of Edith Jean Anderson


Lieutenant Anderson was one of seven naval men who lost their lives, on the night of 17 April 1952, when two Avenger aircraft crashed into the sea off the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Based in Shearwater the aircraft were performing a search and strike exercise in poor visibility; it is believed the two Avengers collided before crashing. 


The seven seamen who perished in this accident were:

Lieutenant John Edward Peter ANDERSON

Lieutenant William James HUTCHINSON

Able Seaman William John Demy HUNTER

Lieutenant John Kingsford Herbert MASON

Able Seaman Douglas Sydney MOFFAT

Lieutenant John Sydney MURPHY

Sub-Lieutenant Phillip Joseph Albert PLOTKINS


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Articles on the deaths of the 7 aircrew



In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index