LANDALE, Peter Wellwood Fortune, A/S/L, deceased (70379, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve) - No.10 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1942 with effect from 17 July 1941. Borm in Dumfries, 1915. Pilot Officer, Class AA, 16 March 1937. Flying Officer, 16 March 1939. Flight Lieutenant, 18 May 1941. Killed in action, 25 July 1941 (Whitley Z6624). Public Record Office Air 2/8900 has citation drafted when he had flown 27 sorties (197 operational hours). See also Air Ministry Bulletin 6484.
By his great courage, skill and personal example, Squadron Leader Landale has set a very high standard of airmanship in the squadron. These high qualities did not diminish after receiving injuries in a crash as a result of which he was in hospital for six months. He is one of the most reliable captains in the squadron.
The following from website, Aircraft Accidents in Yorkshire:
Whitley P4953 (possibly) damaged by flak, landed at Leeming airfield (he was second pilot)/ On the night of 5th / 6th August 1940 this 10 Squadron aircraft undertook an operational flight to bomb the Dornier aircraft factory at Wismar in the Baltic. The aircraft took off from base at 20.58hrs and was possibly very slightly damaged by flak. A mention to it sustaining damage on this date has bene found in Air Britain's book detailing aircraft serial numbers; however no reference to any damage by flak on this night is given in 10 Squadron's ORB; in fact the ORB states the pilot successfully avoided anti-aircraft fire by taking evasive action. The aircraft landed at Leeming at 04.37hrs. Included in data base as possible battle damage until it can be totally ruled out as being incorrect. Pilot - F/O Michael Thomas Gibson Henry.
Whitley P4953 at Leeming airfield. On the night of 11th / 12th August 1940 this aircraft and seven other 10 Squadron Whitleys and eight 51 Squadron aircraft undertook an operational flight to bomb an oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen; they were to drop incendiary bombs, known as "razzles". Whitley P4953 took off at 20.59hrs and attacked the target area. This type of incendiary was made from pills of phospherous covered in gauze and placed between pieces of celluloid, while in the aircraft they were carried in containers topped up with water. When released down the flare chute they had a habit of lodging themselves in the tail plane of the Whitley and in the rudder hinges of the aircraft but did not catch fire immediately as they were wet. The aircraft landed safely at Leeming at 05.25hrs but when the incendiary bombs dried out they ignited, the aircraft sustained damage but it was later repaired. At least four 10 Squadron aircraft on this raid were hit by flak and of the eight aircraft being used, six sustained damage by the incendiaries catching fire on landing. No mention of this damage after landing is made in 10 Squadron's ORB. Pilot - F/O Michael Thomas Gibson Henry RAF (39876), of Compton Chamberlayne, Wiltshire. Second Pilot - F/O Peter Wellwood Fortune Landale RAFVR (70379), of Dumfries, Scotland.
On 13th November 1940 he was the pilot of Whitley T4232 tasked with Ops to Lorient. While outbound the aircraft crashed in South Wales, four of the crew were injured and one sadly died. F/O Landale was seriously injured spending a long period in hospital. Aviation Safety Network website says, “T4232 ("ZA-W"), was assigned to 10 Squadron and hit Pen Bryn Oer farm on the summit of Rhymney Hill on 13th November 1940. The plane was off course in cloud. Four crewmen survived, one was killed. The Whitley was based at RAF Leeming and was tasked with attacking U-boat pens at Lorient. The weather conditions were poor with possibility of icing. At 01:42 hours the aircraft struck the summit of Rhymney Hill near Tredegar. The Whitley’s undercarriage was torn off and one engine was damage, and then the aircraft plunged down the mountain slope into a pond. One of the five crew was killed, the other four survived, albeit injured: