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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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127 Squadron Crest
29.12.1944 No. 127 Squadron Spitfire XVI RR255 9N-7 Fl/Sgt. Peter R. Attwooll

Operation: Dive bombing

Date: 29th December 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 127 Squadron

Type: Spitfire XVI

Serial: RR255

Code: 9N-Y

Base: B.79 Woensdrecht, Holland

Location: Dorst, Netherlands

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Peter Ralph Attwooll 1396551 RAFVR Age 22. Killed 


During the afternoon on Friday 29th December 1944 the squadron were involved in dive bombing attacks on barges. 

Spitfire RR255 took off at 12.10 hrs to attack a quay near Gorinchem was hit in the radiator by flak and although Fl/Sgt. Attwooll managed to force land his aircraft in a field 3 miles East of Breda shortly after at 12.50 hrs. 

The Spitfire caught fire, Fl/Sgt. Attwooll succumbed as a result of burns.

A fine memorial has been erected in his memory - December 2009, by our Dutch friends. 

Fl/Sgt. Pete Attwooll (courtesy Andy Ingham)

Grave (shown below) and the memorial recently erected (courtesy Andy Ingham)

Burial Details:

FL/Sgt. Peter Ralph Attwooll. Bergen-Op-Zoom War Cemetery 13.A.2. Son of Ralph Harold and Alice Attwooll. Born at Prittlewell. Southend-on-Sea on the 6th May 1922


The grave inscription reads: "Remembrance is a golden chain that binds us till we meet again."

Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Andy Ingham from the 127 Squadron website who supplied the pictures and further information. The Commonwealth Graves Commission.

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