Flying Officer Douglas Hartley Petch RCAF

Crew Pilot Officer Douglas Hartley Petch
Service Number J/14027
Awards  
Awarded  
Citation  
Squadrons  
   
Known Movements (Postings) No.30 O.T.U 28.08.1943 (Out)
  No.1665 Con Unit  28.08.1943 (In) 27.09.1943 (Out)
  No.623 Squadron 28.09.1943 (In)
   
Promotions Not Known
   

 Operations Flown with No.623 Squadron RAF Downham Market (Short Stirling Mk.III)

O3.10.1943
Pilot
Mining (Nectarines)
EE489 IC-F

Arrived over the garden area at 21.04hrs. This aircraft dropped 6 mines in garden  from a height of 5000ft. Visibility was reported as good, but very bumpy.  Pilots report no incidents during operation.

07.11.1943
Pilot
Mining (Furze)
EH957 IC-N

Mines Planted Duty Carried

18.11.1943
Pilot F/Lt Wallace RAAF
2nd Pilot
Mannheim
EF155 IC-O

 Failed to Return.

Notes

The now pilotless crew were posted to No.115 Squadron based at RAF Witchford. Five of the original crew were killed on operations with Flying Officer R F Nice RAFVR while attacking Schweinfurt on February 24th 1944 while flying Avro Lancaster Mk.II LL644 KO-N ( F/O Hornby was also lost on this raid ).  Sergeant Adams the original rear gunner was killed on February 15th 1944 against Berlin with Flight Sergeant A C  Whyte in Avro Lancaster Mk.II LL651 A4-A .   

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A young and dashing looking Douglas seen here relaxing.