Battle of Britain London Monument – P/O P L Dawbarn

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Peter Leslie Dawbarn was born on 5th April 1921 in Shropshire. He was educated at Adams Grammar School in Newport in the county.

He joined the RAF on a short service commission and began his initial training at 11 E&RFTS Perth on 6th February 1939.

 

 

He did his intermediate and advanced flying at 2 FTS Brize Norton, after which he joined 253 Squadron in November.

Dawbarn spent a short period in France with ‘B’ Flight from 16th to 19th May 1940. On 8th June he went to 17 Squadron, then operating in Brittany.

The squadron was withdrawn to Debden on 19th June, returning via the Channel Islands.

Dawbarn was involved in a flying accident on 15th July, returning to Debden in very poor weather he became seperated from his section and crash-landed. He was seriously injured. After six months in hospital he was posted to 59 OTU Crosby-on-Eden to instruct.

He did an instructors course at CFS Upavon and was posted in June 1941 to an EFTS near Derby.

In 1943 he returned to operations, flying with a Hurricane squadron at Warmwell.

In late 1943 Dawbarn joined No. 1 ADF and served at various stations in the London area until posted to India in February 1945 to command No. 1 AACU.

Dawbarn was released in 1946 as a Squadron Leader.

He died on 4th July 2009.

 

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