The Airmen's Stories - P/O P C F Stevenson
Peter Charles Fasken Stevenson was born in late 1920 at The Priest's House, Wellingore, Lincolnshire. His father Donald was at that time a Group Captain, holding a MC and DSO from service in the RFC in WW1, in 1939 he would be appointed ADC to King George V.
Peter was educated at Clifton College and entered RAF College Cranwell in September 1938 as a Flight Cadet.
After the outbreak of war the course was shortened and Stevenson graduated in December 1939. He joined 74 Squadron at Rochford on 15th February 1940.
Over Dunkirk on 22nd May Stevenson shared a Ju88 and on the 27th probably destroyed a Me109. On this day he was hit by return fire from a Do17 and made a forced-landing on the beach at Dunkirk in Spitfire L1084.
He removed the blind-flying panel, reflector gunsight and radio before setting fire to the aircraft and going off to seek transport. He managed to get back to Hornchurch on the 31st. Finding the squadron gone, he then joined them at their new base at Leconfield.
On 8th July Stevenson probably destroyed a Me109, on the 10th he probably destroyed a Me109 and damaged another and two Me110’s, on the 12th he shared a He111, on the 19th probably destroyed a Me109, on the 28th he probably destroyed a Me109 and damaged two others.
On this day he was attacked by Oberleutnant Leppla whilst pursuing Major Molders of JG51 over the Channel and he landed at Manston with the engine of his Spitfire seized. He was unhurt. Molders was wounded but managed to get back to France where
he crash landed at Wissant.
On 11th August Stevenson was shot down into the Channel one mile off Dover following a solo attack on twelve Me109’s, one of which he probably destroyed. He baled out of Spitfire P9393 and was rescued from the sea by an MTB, after drifting eleven miles out. He attracted the MTB's attention by firing his revolver.
Stevenson was awarded the DFC (gazetted 27th August 1940) and posted away on 20th September 1940 to 5 OTU Aston Down as an instructor.
He was killed on 13th February 1943, as a Flight Lieutenant with 64 Squadron, shot down during a sweep over the Boulogne area in Spitfire IX BR142. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 121.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner
Additional research courtesy of Craig Brandon.