Flight Sergeant Peter Yoshihide Yanai was an English airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born in 1924, at Marylebone, the son of Japanese-born Yoshihide, who was naturalized in 1949 at which time he was employed as a warehouse assistant,[1] and Eveline M. Yanai (née Harvey).

Yanai, serving as a wireless operator in 424 (RCAF) Squadron, died on 7 March 1945 when his Avro Lancaster (serial number NG346) was lost during a raid on the German city of Dessau. The Lancaster's pilot, Flying Officer D.W. Lighthall, RCAF, survived and was taken prisoner.[2]

The six crew are buried in Rheinberg War Cemetery.


  1. The London Gazette (38763), p. 5485), 18 November 1949. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
  2. Chorley, W.R. (1992), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses: 1945, p. 120.


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