LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Peter Benjamin DIVE

Service No: 401273
Born: Lautoka, Fiji, 2 February 1920
Enlisted in the RAAF: 5 January 1941 (at Melbourne VIC)
Unit: No. 69 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Luqa
Died: Air Operations: (No. 69 Squadron Maryland aircraft BS766), Luqa, 23 December 1941, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Malta (Cappucini) Naval Cemetery, Malta
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Jeffrey Cecil and Hilda Florence Dive, of East Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Roll of Honour: Melbourne VIC
Remembered: Panel 121, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

On 23 December 1941 Maryland BS766 was returning from night air operations and was shot up by an enemy fighter and as a result crashed on landing at Luqa Aerodrome, Malta. All the crew members were killed.

The crew members of BS766 were:

Sergeant Peter Benjamin Dive (401273) (Observer)
Flight Sergeant Henry Benyon Metcalfe (653570) (RAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Peter Charles Wells (748775) (RAFVR) (Pilot)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/102/39