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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P H Waghorn


Peter Harry Waghorn was born on 2nd August 1920 at Hendon, the son of Harry Dawson Waghorn and Kate Florence Waghorn (nee Scholer).

He joined the RAFVR in May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September 1939, he completed his training at 3 FTS and joined 111 Squadron at Debden on 21st August 1940. He moved to 249 Squadron in early October.



Waghorn flew off HMS Ark Royal to Malta on 3rd April 1941 and joined 261 Squadron. After sharing a Me110 on the 11th, Waghorn (in Z2904) and P/O P Kennett were jumped by Me109s and shot down. Kennett went down in the sea while Waghorn's aircraft landed in a field and broke up. The engine and propellor came to rest against a farmhouse while Waghorn, still strapped in his seat, was found in the road.

The two men had attended Cranbrook School a year apart.

Waghorn is buried in the Naval Cemetery, Capuccini, Malta.

His younger brother Sgt. BD Waghorn was killed on 28th October 1941, flying Spitfire AD250 of 129 Squadron. He abandoned it near Littlehampton in Sussex following an engine failure. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.






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