The Airmen's Stories - P/O P O D Allcock
Peter Owen Denys Allcock, from Herne Hill, London, was born on 16th January 1919 in Darlington, County Durham.
His father, Owen Philip Allcock (1895-1972), a doctor, had served in the 15th Battalion London Regiment and the Durham Light Infantry in WW1. He later served in the RFC (below).
His mother, Aileen Mary MacManus (1896-1977) married his father in July 1918 in Epsom.
POD Allcock joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1939.
He completed his training, arrived at 6 OTU on 28th April 1940 and was posted to 17 Squadron on 12th May.
He was serving with 229 Squadron in early July. On 23rd September 23rd he was shot down whilst acting as weaver on a squadron patrol. He baled out, wounded, and after landing at Westcliff he was admitted to Southend Hospital. His aircraft, Hurricane P2789, crashed on St Mary's Marshes, Hoo.
Allcock went with 229 Squadron to the Middle East in May 1941. On 17th December the squadron was part of the escort for Hurribombers of 80 Squadron, detailed to attack enemy vehicles near Mechili. The raid was frustrated when the British aircraft were attacked by Me109s and Macchi 202s.
Allcock was shot down and killed in Hurricane IIb BD773 by Leutnant Hoffmann of 1/JG 27.
With no known grave, Allcock is remembered on the Alamein Memorial, Column 240.
He was 22 years old.
Photographs courtesy of Colonel C R Romberg RA, British Embassy Cairo