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Peter Alan Dale joined the RAF as an Aircrafthand about July 1935. He later applied for pilot training and was selected. With training completed, he arrived at 11 Group Pool, St. Athan in October 1939. After converting to Hurricanes, he was posted to 111 Squadron at Acklington on 17th November 1939. He was next posted to 141 Squadron in early 1940 and on 14th March he crashed through a barbed wire fence at Grangemouth, slightly damaging his Blenheim.
Dale flew 18 operational sorties with 141, including 13 in the Battle of Britain period, these mostly with Sergeant JSA Hodge as his gunner. On 15th December 1940 Dale was posted to 255 Squadron at Kirton-in-Lindsey.
Commissioned in April 1941, Dale, in Hurricane V7222, shot down a He111 in the early hours of 9th May during a freelance patrol over Hull. The Heinkel A1+FM (4006) of 4/KG53 came down at Sunk Island Road, Patrington. Uffz. F Magie baled out and was captured. Uffz. G Reinelt, Uffz. J Kalle and Obergefr. R Lorenz were killed. Gefr. H Wulf was Missing.
On 13th December 1941 Dale was killed when his Beaufighter, R2309, hit some trees coming in to land at Coltishall. His radar operator, P/O H Friend was severely injured.
Dale is buried at Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk.