A Second World War D.F.C. group of seven to Flying Officer W.W.Peet, Royal Air Force late Royal New Zealand Air Force,
Lot 160
A Second World War D.F.C. group of seven to Flying Officer W.W.Peet, Royal Air Force late Royal New Zealand Air Force,
Sold for £2,040 (US$ 3,466) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Second World War D.F.C. group of seven to Flying Officer W.W.Peet, Royal Air Force late Royal New Zealand Air Force,
Distinguished Flying Cross, G.VI.R., dated 1945; 1939-1945 Star; Air Crew Europe Star with France and Germany bar; Defence Medal; War Medal; New Zealand Service Medal; General Service Medal 1918-62, one bar, Malaya (Fg. Off. W.W.Peet. R.A.F.). Mounted as worn. Good very fine. (Lot)

Footnotes

  • D.F.C. London Gazette 2.10.1945.

    The Recommendation states: 'Flight Lieutenant Peet had completed a tour of operational duty, including bomber escort duty, armed reconnaissance's, and missions in close support of the army. His target have included enemy troop concentration, railway sidings, observation posts, and gun positions. In the course of these missions this Officer has destroyed at least one enemy aircraft and also destroyed or damaged many road vehicles. Flight Lieutenant Peet has, at all time, displayed great courage and fine leadership.

    Flying Officer Wallace Wentworth Peet, D.F.C., was born at Dannevirke, New Zealand 24.7.1920; enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Air Force 8.2.1941. Qualified as a Spitfire Pilot, and served with No.122 Squadron. He completed 67 sorties over the Channel, including participating in the Dieppe raid operation. Following a 'Rest' as an instructor transferred to No.74 Squadron as a Flight Commander, and completed another 70 operational sorties.
    No.74 Squadron, having served in the Mediterranean, re-equipped with Spitfire IXs back in the UK., and went operational in May 1944. Subsequently engaged over the Normandy beachhead, the Squadron transferred to 2nd Tactical Air Force in July, and began operations as a "Spit-bomber" unit. In August, now based in France, Flight Lieutenant Peet was involved with both ground attacks and bomber escort duties up until the German surrender. After the War Peet transferred with a reduced rank to the Royal Air Force 22.10.1946, and was promoted Flying Officer 11.7.1949, subsequently serving in the Malayan campaign.
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