The Airmen's Stories - P/O A J M Peace
Alexander James Morton Peace was born on 10th July 1919 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire.
After leaving school he was taken on as an apprentice by Rolls Royce at Derby.
He joined the RAFVR in July 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he carried out his initial training at 1 ITW Hastings and 22 EFTS Cambridge.
He went to 5 FTS Sealand for No. 49 Course and on completing it on 7th September 1940, he was commissioned and posted to 7 OTU Hawarden to convert to Spitfires.
Peace joined 74 Squadron at Coltishall on 28th September, without ever having fired the Spitfire's guns.. He flew four operational sorties, on 7th, 11th, 12th and 13th October. The squadron moved to Biggin Hill on 15th October but Peace made no further sorties before he was posted away to 616 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey on 30th October.
Peace was posted from 616 to 53 OTU Heston on 20th February 1941 as an instructor. He was still serving with this unit when it was renamed 53 (Spitfire) OTU and moved to Llandow near Cardiff.
Peace made several attempts to return to Ops but because of his engineering background he was posted to a new facility at Rolls Royce Derby to teach aircrew methods of engine operation suitable for the longer sorties being made over Europe.
The unit was so successful that Peace was posted to Heliopolis in Egypt to set up a similar operation.
His subsequent service is currently undocumented but he is recorded as joining the reconstituted RAFVR on 17th July 1947.
He died on 11th April 2021 in Derby.