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    Default Pilot Officer Peter Lockett, P.O.W. 1940

    Hi. I'm seeking information concerning 41038 Pilot Officer Peter Vivian Lockett, who became a Prisoner of War sometime in May or June 1940. His brother Squadron Leader C.E.S. Lockett also became a prisoner at about that time.
    I'm hoping to learn the number of Peter Lockett's squadron, the date (and if possible, the circumstances) of his capture, and hopefully the camps in which he was held.
    Thank you very much.

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    PV Lockett was POW number 408 and held at Stalag Luft 3 and his brother was POW number 409 and held at Oflag 4 C Saalhaus Colditz. Sorry cant help with the Sqn or circumstances.

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    Found from googlebooks:
    Wings Day: the man who led the RAF's epic battle in German captivity
    Sydney Smith - 1968

    "All the British were aircrew and had been shot out of the sky, or crashed through enemy action, or had landed on RAF airfields in France and found they were occupied by Germans — like young Peter Lockett, an Arras HQ Communications pilot. He was sent with a message to Peronne between Amiens and Rheims. He landed, taxied to the control-tower and was bawling out the ground crew for not holding his wingtips when he found they were Luftwaffe."

    A bit of googling suggests that the Peronne area was captured by XIX Panzer Korps around May 19-21 1940.
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    C E S Lockett was discussed in this old thread, you need too use the serach feature above.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?p=17807
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    Hello,

    I have both Locketts' PoW questionnaires. Peter belonged to No. 81 Squadron, indeed a short lived communication Squadron. Date of capture is 19th May 1940, at Péronne. 81 Squadron ORB was unfortunately lost in May 1940.

    I have Wings' Day biography (the French translation actually) and read it so many years ago. Interesting and funny anecdote, in a way...

    Joss

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    Hello,

    20-5-1940
    No.81 Sqn.
    Tiger Moth N9448

    Missing on communications flight.

    Col.

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    Hello Col,

    What is your source for Peter Lockett being the pilot Tiger Moth N9448 ?

    I presume you know that a picture of that TM, with German soldiers around it, was for sale on e-bay a couple of years ago ? I copied it "for the records" despite the red lettering "F315" over it, but the lost ORB of No. 81 Squadron made me wonder who was flying it at the time.

    Joss

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