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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P S Hawke


Peter Sydney Hawke was born on 13th August 1918 in Reading, Berkshire. He joined the RAFVR in November 1938 as an Airman u/t Pilot and did his weekend flying at 8 E&RFTS Woodley.

Called up on 1st September 1939, he went to 4 ITW Bexhill on 22nd November and then to 10 FTS Ternhill on 1st February 1940.


Above image courtesy of Carol Brown.


With his training completed, Hawke went to 5 OTU Aston Down on 6th July, converted to Spitfires and joined 64 Squadron at Kenley on the 27th.

He damaged a Me109 on 8th August 1940, probably destroyed a Do17 on the 12th and claimed a He111 destroyed on the 18th.

Hawke moved to 19 Squadron at Duxford on 20th September.

He was posted to CFS Upavon on 9th November 1940 for an instructors course. He instructed at 8 EFTS Woodley from December 1940 until December 1941, when he went to 6 FIS Staverton.

Commissioned in June 1942, Hawke was posted to 2 EFTS Worcester on 22nd July, moving to 29 EFTS Clyffe Pypard, Wiltshire on 16th September 1942.

He was awarded the AFC (gazetted 1st January 1946).

Hawke was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant.

He died on 12th May 1988.

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