Squadron Leader John Frederic PETTIGREW

From Australia serving in the Royal Air Force

Service No: 36156 (RAF)
Born: Haberfield NSW, Date unavailable
Enlisted in the RAF: Date unavailable
Unit: Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, RAF Station Boscombe Down
Died: Aircraft Accident (A&AEE Hurricane aircraft HW187), Boscombe Down, 24 August 1944, Aged 26 Years
Buried: Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Gavin and Alma Pettigrew; husband of Florence Grace Pettigrew, of Banham, Norfolk
Roll of Honour: Unknown

Squadron Leader Pettigrew was an Australian Cadet trained for the RAF who embarked for the UK on 16 July 1938.

On 7 June 1940, Squadron Leader Pettigrew serving with No. 151 Squadron RAF was shot down by an Me109 near Le Treport, France. He was wounded but it is not certain whether he was captured and escaped prior to his return to his unit.

On 24 August 1944, Squadron Leader Pettigrew flying Hurricane HW187 was killed in a mid-air collision with Hurricane KX176 at Boscombe Down.


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