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80 Squadron Crest
17.09.1944 No. 80 Squadron Tempest V EJ519 W/O. Peter L. Godfrey

Operation: Holland Invasion

Date: 17th September 1944 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 80 Squadron

Type: Tempest V

Serial: EJ519

Base: RAF Manston

Location: Walcheren

Pilot: W/O. Peter Leopold Godfrey 1318229 RAFVR Age 21. Missing


17th September - the start of the invasion of Holland. 11:30 hrs take off time and the squadron were engaged in Anti-Flak duties. They scored significant success when several guns were silenced in the Walcheren and Schouwen islands. An armed barge was also attacked and left burning, others were also hit. 

Flak fire provide intense - EJ519 was hit, the Tempest was seen to crash into the sea with no bale out by W/O. Pete Godfrey.

The remainder of the Squadron returned to Manston to re-arm and refuel before leaving again at 18:25 hrs for an armed recce on Hague, Wassener and Leiden with some success with 3 barges being hit as well as other targets.

Burial Details:

W/O. Peter Leopold Godfrey Runnymede Memorial Panel 213. Son of Percival Charles and Doris Edith Godfrey, of Ickenham, Middlesex, England. Also remembered on a plaque at the Ickenham Cricket Club in Middlesex and in the Book of Remembrance in St. Giles Church, Ickenham.

Researched by Stephen Hunnisett for Aircrew Remembered.

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