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    I am looking for information concerning Sqn Ldr Peter Sleight OC 'B' Flight 101 Squadron Bomber Command. He joined the squadron in March 1945 and immediately took up this post.
    I want to know whether he had done previous tours, and what 'ops' he took part in with 101. I believe that he joined the BSAA after the war as an airline captain.

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    There are two Peter Sleights; can you provide any more info? Details, from the LG, are:
    Air Ministry,
    24th October, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    742486 Flight Sergeant Peter SLEIGHT, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 61 Squadron.

    Air Ministry,
    10th February, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency):
    Tempy. Flt. Sgts.
    742486 Peter SLEIGHT (114942). 12th Dec. 1941.

    Air Ministry, 13th April, 1945.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
    Flight Lieutenants.
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Peter SLEIGHT (123017), R.A.F.V.R., 105 Sqn.
    Regards, Terry

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    Hi Terry,

    I really don't know which one it would be. All that I know about him is the time that my late father was a member of his crew.

    When my father 'crewed up' with him at HCU in 1945, it was the start of my father's second tour. They were posted to 576 Sqn in 1945, and Sleight already held the rank of Flt Lt according to my father's log book. After only one week the crew was posted to 101 Sqn, Sleight was immediately promoted to Sqn Ldr, and my father to Warrant Officer.

    My father's log book does not contain all of the 'ops' and peace-time flights that the crew did
    together, but he remained with Sleight until the middle of 1946. That is why I was hoping to fill in the gaps. The squadron records are incomplete (I am a member of 101 Squadron Association). I was also hoping to find out the names of the rest of the crew.

    Incidentally, my first name was after Peter Sleight.

    Regards

    Peter.

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    Hello Terry and Peter,

    Terry, your list and mention of there being two ?

    Could they all be one and the same man ?

    the first and second in your list

    "742486 Flight Sergeant Peter SLEIGHT, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve"
    and
    "To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —
    Tempy. Flt. Sgts.
    742486 Peter SLEIGHT (114942). 12th Dec. 1941."

    Show the same service number and RAFVR while the 114942 was his enlistment number.

    While the third
    "Flight Lieutenant.
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Peter SLEIGHT (123017), R.A.F.V.R."
    Shows RAFVR but diferent service number.

    Would he not be given a different service number when promoted from the Ranks to Officer status ?

    Are all three one and the same man ?

    Alex

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    I suppose it is possible Alex. I wonder why he would have gone from Mosquitos to Lancs though.

    Peter

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    As far as I can see there were two separate Peter Sleight's
    1 1214518 Enlists in Apr/May 1940 (location not known) and becomes (123017) on Commissioning.
    2 742486 Enlists as an RAFVR Pilot in Jan 1937 and he becomes (114942) on Commissioning.
    Their careers can (to a certain extent) be followed in LG
    HTH
    Peter Davies

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    Default S/LDR Peter Sleight 576 and 101 squadron.

    I am a new member and am looking for information on S/LDR Sleight and his crew as well. My father Syd Dyson was the navigator with him at 576 and then 101. One other crew member was V Hazell, a Jamaican airman. Tony Abbott was the bomb aimer I believe.
    I have my late father's logbook with a full list of ops for that time.

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    I am looking for information concerning Sqn Ldr Peter Sleight OC 'B' Flight 101 Squadron Bomber Command. He joined the squadron in March 1945 and immediately took up this post.
    I want to know whether he had done previous tours, and what 'ops' he took part in with 101. I believe that he joined the BSAA after the war as an airline captain.

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    Hi Max
    Great to see that your father was on the same crew as my late father!

    Please PM me so that we can exchange information. The Jamaican airman that you mentioned was Vivian Benjamin Hazell. He had served a previous tour with 101 Squadron. I also have my Dad's log book.

    Best regards

    Peter

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    Hi Peter
    I just saw your post! I'm currently writing the history of 576 Sqn where you dad (and mine) served as pilots. Your dad's first mission on 576 was on 01 Mar 45, and just three more trips later, on 09 Mar 45, he flew his last op. He was posted to 101 in March. Please do get in touch!
    Matt Wood

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    Hi Max
    Just saw your post too!!! As you might have seen I'm writing the full history of 576 Sqn where your dad flew as a nav (I was a nav too, and my dad was a pilot with 576). Please do drop me a message if you can
    Matt Wood

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