The Airmen's Stories - P/O P C Wickings-Smith
Peter Claude Wickings-Smith, of Bedford, was born in mid-1919 and joined the RAF on a short service commission in August 1939. After completing his training at 9 FTS he went to 5 OTU Aston Down in mid-July 1940.
He crashed on the aerodrome on the 25th in Blenheim K7166 but was unhurt. After converting to Blenheims he joined 235 Squadron on 5th August 1940.
On 11th September 1940 Wickings-Smith was captain of Blenheim IV L9396 QY*E escorting Albacores of 826 (FAA) Squadron which were attacking a convoy off Calais.
The Blenheim was shot down into the Channel by Me109's of 1./JG52 and III./JG53. Wickings-Smith, Sgt. RDH Watts and P/O AWV Green were all lost.
Wickings-Smith was 22. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 10.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner