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Pike, David Ivor

Service number:
43479
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

David Pike was captured on June 29th, 1940 after attacking El Gubbi aerodrome in Blenheim L8436 of No. 113 Squadron.

October 11th, 1955: MiD "In recognition of gallant and distinguished
service in Malaya".


Promotions:
Sergeant
April 1st, 1940: Pilot Officer (probation)
April 1st, 1941: Flying Officer (war sub)
April 1st, 1942: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)
September 1st, 1945: Flight Lieutenant (permanent)
November 1st, 1947:Squadron Leader
? Wing Commander

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Lieutenant
Unit:
No. 113 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 113 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1946
Citation:
"Flight Lieutenant Pike was forced to make a crash landing near Tobruk in June, 1940. His skull -was fractured and he was captured immediately. On arrival at a prison camp at Sulmona, he began preparations for escape and in January, 1941, with two other officers,- he climbed over a 10 foot wall by means of ladders. The 'party's original intention of stealing an aircraft from Foggia airfield had to be abandoned because of unfavourable weather and instead, they struggled on foot, through deep snow towards the coast. Seven days later they were captured by Italian coastguards. Throughout the remainder of his imprisonment. Flight Lieutenant Pike continued in his efforts to escape, and, as a result, was sent to Gavi prison camp. In September, 1943. when the Germans occupied this camp, they entrained all prisoners for Germany. Although Flight Lieutenant Pike had broken his ankle and his leg was in plaster, he climbed on to the buffers of the train when it was travelling at 25, miles per hour and jumped off. With another officer, he made his way to Marano, where he was sheltered until his leg was healed. Towards the end of November, 1943, he continued his way south but was recaptured on 5th December, 1943, by a Fascist. He was liberated in May, 1945, by the Russians from Stalag Luft I."
Military Cross (MC)

Sources

  • Photo 1: Tom Pike
  • - The London Gazette Issue 34864 published on the 4 June 1940
    - The London Gazette Issue 35134 published on the 11 April 1941
    - The London Gazette Issue 35592 published on the 9 June 1942
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37687 published on the 13 August 1946
    - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37987 published on the 13 June 1947
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 38108 published on the 24 October 1947
    - Second Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 40604 published on the 7 October 1955
    - Old Haltonians

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