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    Default about Peter KING ( + Belgium 28.05.1944 ) ?

    Hi all,

    In some old papers, I recently found some pics of 7 RAF crewmen killed in Belgium in 1942, about 30 km southern Brussels in Belgium. These pics were collected just after the war. There was also a pic of a RAF man. Behind this pic, just a name "Peter KING", unfortunatelly without other info. This man is in blue RAF uniform but without wings or 1/2 wings.

    I searched in the CWGC and found this :

    Name: KING, PETER CHARLES MORRELL
    Initials: P C M Nationality:
    United Kingdom Rank: Sergeant (W. Op./Air)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit
    550 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 28/05/1944
    Service No: 1394149 Additional information:
    Son of Victor Hugo Morrell King and Violet Pretoria King, of Clapham Common, London. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Coll. grave X. 18. 29. Cemetery: BRUSSELS TOWN CEMETERY

    Does anybody have a idea about the reason of the dead of Peter KING and the links with Belgium ?

    Thanks.

    Best regards from Belgium.

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    Hi,

    he was a member of lancaster JA712 shot down 28.5.1944 when on mission against AAchen.

    See for example:
    http://www.550squadronassociation.org.uk/documents/public/550SquadronAvroLancasterBombers.pdf

    http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_ja-jb%20fate.pdf

    The crew is listed here:http://www.lancaster-archive.com/lanc_losses%20may44.pdf

    Date: 28 May 1944 Night/Day Raid: Night
    Target/Tasking: Aachen
    Crew Names: P/O E.C. Purney, RCAF +; Sgt. J.L. Sheahan +; Sgt. T.E. Flanagan, RCAF +; Sgt. E.J.
    Molnar, RCAF evd; Sgt. P.C.M. King +; Sgt. D. Yardley pow; Sgt. K.H.F. de Lengerke +


    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hi ,

    Perhaps this can help you :

    28/05/1944
    Rebecq-Rognon (rue Rastadt)
    Lancaster Mk III
    Oblt Thörl Friedrich Stab I./NJG4 0224 hrs
    3th victory
    Aachen
    JA-712
    550Sqn
    BQ-H
    North Killingholme
    P/O Purney Elvin C pilot J/19590 RCAF (KIA)
    Sgt Sheahan John L engineer 1800275 (KIA) –
    Sgt Flanagan Thomas E navigator J/92033 RCAF (KIA)
    Sgt Molnar E.J. (EVD) RCAF 3322/2274
    Sgt King Peter C M 1394149 (KIA)
    Sgt Yardley D (POW)
    Sgt de Lengerke Kenneth H F gunner 517767 (KIA)
    Buried Brussels town cemetery

    Greetings
    Alain12

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    Thanks Alain and Pavel.

    The link is done. In the fact, Rebecq is near the place where the papers are coming from.

    Regards.

    Christophe

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    Peter King was the son of the well-known variety entertainer, Victor King, who frequently starred in BBC radio broadcasts and worked on a show called "Workers' Playtime", where they would entertain factory workers around the country "somewhere in England". His mother Violet was a stage actress. I have a collection of the King family papers, including letters from his parents which I expect would have been returned to them by the Commanding Officer. I will shortly be using this small archive to create a tribute website to Victor King and I may well wish include material about his son. Would you happen to have scans of the photographs you mention?
    Last edited by KAllen; 17th August 2011 at 12:20.

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    Further to my previous posting on Peter King, I am given to understand by the elderly caretaker of our building (where Peter's parents lived) that the Belgian authorities (at Rebecq?) made a gift of a box of Belgian chocolates to Mrs King every Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KAllen View Post
    Peter King was the son of the well-known variety entertainer, Victor King, who frequently starred in BBC radio broadcasts and worked on a show called "Workers' Playtime", where they would entertain factory workers around the country "somewhere in England". His mother Violet was a stage actress. I have a collection of the King family papers, including letters from his parents which I expect would have been returned to them by the Commanding Officer. I will shortly be using this small archive to create a tribute website to Victor King and I may well wish include material about his son. Would you happen to have scans of the photographs you mention?
    Peter was my Grandads brother . Maybe you could e mail me at eieio@hotmail.co.uk. Many thanks

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