A Salute to One Of the Few: The Life of Flying Officer Peter by Simon St John Beer

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By Simon St John Beer

In a quiet churchyard in Amersham is the grave of an airman who misplaced his lifestyles combating within the skies over southern England in October 1940. the writer occurred to encounter this grave in 1998 and after a few preliminary enquiries came across that no-one within the city was once conscious that 'One of the Few' conflict of england pilots lay at leisure of their parish. He made up our minds to find extra concerning the brief lifetime of this hero and undertook numerous years of study to piece jointly this biography.

Peter joined the RAF in November 1937 on a four-year brief carrier fee on the age of twenty. In July 1938 he was once published to No. 87 Squadron being outfitted with the then new Hawker storm fighter. After conflict were declared the Squadron was once published to Boos in France in help of the British Expeditionary strength, turning into operational on 10 September 1939. In March 1940 he used to be transferred to 501 Squadron in Tangmere after which back in April to seventy four Squadron as an operational pilot at Hornchurch, built with Spitfires. It used to be from right here that he fought his half within the conflict of england. in case you could have forgotten 'The Few', this stirring and but unhappy tale tells of the all-too-short lifetime of one of many 544 younger males who gave every thing to shield nice Britain from Nazi aggression.

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