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The Airmen's Stories - P/O O J Peterson

 

Otto John Peterson was born in Eckville, Atlanta, USA on 14th March 1915 and joined the RCAF on 7th November 1938.

 

 

He was serving with No. 1 (RCAF) Squadron when it arrived in the UK on 20th June 1940.

 

Above: Peterson (left) with F/O DD Brown at Northolt.

 

 

Above (L to R): F/O H deM Molson, F/O PB Pitcher, F/O PW Lochnan, P/O OJ Peterson, F/O CW Trevena, F/Lt. GR McGregor

 

He claimed a Do17 damaged on 1st September, a Me110 damaged on the 4th, a Me109 destroyed on the 9th and shared a Do17 on the 25th.

 

L to R: P/O OJ Peterson, F/Lt. J-P J Desloges, F/O PB Pitcher, F/O H deM Molson at Northolt.

 

Peterson was shot down and killed in combat with Ju88s and Me110s over North Kent on 27th September.

His Hurricane P3647 crashed at Hever, Kent.

Peterson was 25. He is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery.

 


 

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