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Thread: G/C Peter Alfred Knapton, VR 921236/116984 DFC

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    Default G/C Peter Alfred Knapton, VR 921236/116984 DFC

    Hi there,
    I am trying to find anything of this pilots early service, He enlisted at Uxbridge 17-8-40, So did he come from the London area.
    He did his basic training in Rhodesia (EFTS & SFTS), does anyone have dates and units he trained on.
    I am assuming he came to the UK and went onto a Hurricane OTU in early 1941 before joining 257 sqn at Coltishall on Hurricanes. Any dates would be most helpful.
    With thanks,
    Roy

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    Knapton awarded DFC as Flt Lt on 19 May 44 on 134 Sqn.

    Born 4 May 21 but is shown as retiring from the RAF as a Wg Cdr and hence no suggestion that he held acting rank of group captain but depends on circumstances in which he was appointed to that rank.

    Retired from RAF 8 Apr 75 with OBE DFC.

    Don't have details of his early career but profile offered very probable.

    Colin Cummings

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    Default Peter Knapton

    If you put militaria.co.uk into Google you will find Peter Knapton s medals for sale complete with a potted career history, typically Hurricane ie Russia, India and Burma
    Peter

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    Default Peter Knapton

    Thanks Peter and Colin for your replies.
    I have the details of his medal and logbook sale but there is no specific details of where he came from and detalis of his training in Rhodesia and which Hurricane OTU he trained on.
    As he only made one claim on 134 sqn he does not figure in 'Those other Eagles'.
    Thanks for his DFC detais Colin.
    Roy

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