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The Airmen's Stories - P/O P F Kennard-Davis


Peter Frank Kennard-Davis was born in Kensington, London on 24th February 1920, his family was from East Beach, Selsey.

He attended the Thames Nautical Training College at Greenhithe intending to join the Navy but an eyesight defect prevented this.

However the problem must have been resolved as he went into the RAF on a short service commission in May 1939.

Kennard-Davis was posted to 7 OTU Hawarden in July 1940 and, after converting to Spitfires, he joined 64 Squadron at Kenley on 3rd August. Five days later his aircraft caught fire during combat with Me109s over Dover and Kennard-Davis baled out, seriously wounded with fragments of metal in his head, body, right arm and right leg.

He was admitted to Royal Victoria Hospital and died there on 10th August.

His Spitfire, L1039, crashed and burned out near West Langdon.

Kennard-Davis was 19. He is buried in Brookwood Cemetery.





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