Townsend, Peter Wooldridge

    Date of birth:
    November 22nd, 1914 (Rangoon, Burma)
    Date of death:
    June 19th, 1995 (Rambouillet, France)
    Service number:
    33178
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Flight Lieutenant
    Awarded on:
    April 30th, 1940
    Action:
    Citation:
    "In April, 1940, whilst on patrol over the North Sea, Flight Lieutenant Townsend intercepted and attacked an enemy aircraft at dusk and after a running fight shot it down. This is the third success obtained by this pilot and in each instance he has displayed qualities of leadership, skill and determination of the highest order, with little regard for his own safety".
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Flight Lieutenant
    Awarded on:
    July 11th, 1940
    Mentioned in Despatches
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Squadron Leader
    Awarded on:
    September 6th, 1940
    Action:
    Citation:
    "In July, 1940, whilst leading a section of the squadron to protect a convoy, this officer intercepted about twenty or thirty enemy aircraft, destroying one and severely damaging two others. The enemy formation was forced to withdraw. Under his command, the squadron has destroyed eight enemy aircraft while protecting convoys against sporadic enemy attacks. In August, 1940, his squadron attacked some 250 enemy aircraft in the Thames Estuary. He himself shot down three enemy aircraft, the squadron as a whole destroying at least ten and damaging many others. The success which has been achieved has been due to Squadron Leader Townsend's unflagging zeal and leadership".
    Details:
    Awarded as a bar for on the ribbon of the first DFC.
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Wing Commander
    Unit:
    No. 85 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    May 13th, 1941
    Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
    Action:
    Citation:
    "This officer has displayed outstanding powers of leadership and organisation, combined with great determination and skill in air
    combat. By his untiring efforts he has contributed materially to the many successes obtained by his squadron. Wing Commander
    Townsend has been engaged on active operations since the war began and has carried out numerous operational flights, both by day and night. He has destroyed at least 11 enemy aircraft".
    Details:
    London Gazette dated 13 May 1941.
    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Details:
    With "BATTLE OF BRITAIN" clasp.
    1939-1945 Star

    Sources

    • Photo: The Battle of Britain London Monument
    • - The London Gazette, Issue 34840, published on the 30 April 1940
      - The London Gazette, Issue 34940, published on the 6 September 1940
      - The London Gazette, Issue 35161, published on the 13 May 1941
      - The London Gazette, Issue 36425, published on the 14 March 1944
      - - Dix Noonan Webb

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