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Eric Peter Shorthouse

E P Shorthouse. Identification Album RNZAF (c.1939-1945). Aerodrome Defence Unit, Camp 1. Hibiscus Coast (Silverdale) RSA Museum (G312). CC BY 4.0.

E P Shorthouse. Identification Album RNZAF (c.1939-1945). Aerodrome Defence Unit, Camp 1. Hibiscus C …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Eric Peter AWMM
  • Surname
    Shorthouse AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Peter Shorthouse AWMM
    • Shorty AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ4212607 AWMM
    • WWII 4212607 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 May 1921 AWMM PortsmouthEngland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs M. Shorthouse (mother), Waimauku, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1 January 1944 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Pacific Theatre of War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ4212607 AWMM
    • WWII 4212607 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorial Army AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Pilot training AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Feb 1943 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Pilot AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Peter Shorthouse was the second of three sons of John Stephen Shorthouse and Marguerite Shorthouse (nee Gargrave). His older brother, John Sidney Shorthouse (born 11 April 1920) served with the Royal Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force during World War 2. His younger brother, Robert Clive (born 9 August 1922) served with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in the Middle East.

    Eric Peter Shorthouse was known by his second name, Peter. The family do not recall why this is so.

    From the time Peter Shorthouse qualified as a pilot his brother notes that all his service, including training, operations and active tour of duties accumulates to a total of 12 weeks after allowances for illness and other mishaps.

    Peter had one flying accident and shot down one enemy aircraft in this time and showed a remarkably strong devotion to duty. During this time he was awarded both the DFC and m.i.d. Normally these awards would not be given in this fashion but were awarded in this case because of the exceptional quality and selflessness of service given, where the exceptional became the norm. It is most unusual to see a Pilot Officer with a DFC and an m.i.d. and is a reflection on the level of service given. From a letter to the Armoury Manager, Auckland War Memorial Museum by Mr R C Shorthouse.

    Peter Shorthouse was attached to No. 15 Fighter Squadron. This squadron was formed in June 1942 and disbanded in October 1945. It flew Kittyhawks, 1942-44 and Corsairs, 1944-45. It was stationed in Tonga, Cuadalcanal, New Georgia, Santo, Bougainville and Green Island between 1942 and 1945.

    His flight to Fiji was aboard RNZAF C47 NZ3503 of No. 40 Squadron.

    Killed in action due to engine failure AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    12 April 1945 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    New IrelandBismarck Archipelago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    The Manawatu Herald Friday 20 April 1945 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Panel 5, Bourail Memorial, Bourail New Zealand War Cemetery, New Caledonia AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • With love from your Shorthouse/Henton relatives in the UK
    Public - Anne - Other relative - 2 August 2017



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