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The Airmen's Stories - F/O O St.J Pigg

 

Oswald St.John Pigg was born in March 1918 in South Shields, the son of a clergyman. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.


He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training on 8th March 1937.
Pigg was posted to 10 FTS Ternhill on 9th May and after completing his training he joined 72 Squadron at Church Fenton on 27th November 1937. He was still with the squadron at the outbreak of war.

 

 

Over Dunkirk on 2nd June 1940 Pigg destroyed a Ju87. His aircraft was damaged by machine-gun fire from another Stuka and he made a belly landing at Gravesend, slightly wounded in the leg.


On 15th August Pigg claimed a Me110 destroyed.

He was shot down and killed in combat with Me109's on 1st September 1940. His Spitfire, P9458, crashed and burned out on Elvey Farm, Pluckley.

A plaque in his memory was placed at a restaurant on the site in 2012.

 

Pigg is buried in St. Oswalds Burial Ground, Durham.

 

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