V Park, Kenneth Hunton Memorial Book: Royal Air Force Kenneth Hunton Park Born September the twenty-first, 1914, entered the School September the fifteenth, 1926 and left July the seventeenth, 1931. Served in the Royal Air Force, Operational Training Unit. Sergeant Observer. Killed in a flying accident whilst on Active Service, December the second, 1942. CWG: Kenneth Hunton Park Sergeant Air Bomber RAFVR. 28 years. Died 3rd December 1942. Service Number 1382096. Son of Henry and Clara Park, of Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston. Grave Reference: Plot E Row B Grave 9 Penwortham (St Mary) Churchyard. On 2nd December 1942 at 27 Operational Training Unit, Lichfield, Wellington III, X3944, Sgt R E Mitchell, RAAF, captain, took off in poor visibility and crashed at 0008 hrs in the River Tame near Chetwynd, or Sater's Bridge, a hamlet near Alrewas and very close to the boundary of the airfield. All five crew were killed.
Parker, James Ronald Memorial Book: Royal Air Force Regiment James Ronald Parker Born June the fifteenth, 1914, entered the School September the sixteenth, 1925 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1930. Served in the Royal Air Force Regiment from 1942. Sergeant. Killed in a torpedo attack on a landing craft off Normandy June the eighth, 1944. CWG: James Ronald Parker Sergeant RAFVR 2817 Squadron RAF Regiment. 30 years. Died 7th June 1944. Service Number 1541161. Son of John Thomas and Ethel Parker, of Catterall, Lancashire; husband of Hannah E Parker. Memorial Reference: Panel 235, Runnymede Memorial. The Squadron formed on 19th December 1941 as 817 Squadron and then with all other Squadrons of the Regiment added the "2" prefix. It took on a Light Anti-Aircraft role in May 1943. It was placed in the 2nd Tactical Air Force in April 1944 and crossed the Channel in the invasion of Normandy in LCT46 (Landing Craft Tank). It was attacked by a German coastal battery, killing some, wounding others. LCT43 took off the dead and survivors before LCT46 sank. The Squadron landed on Juno Beach on D+2 and deployed to Grange-sur-Mer.
Parkinson, Edward Flying Officer, somewhere in UK south west, H-Christmas-1942.
Parkinson, Malcolm In RAF, USA, same base as George Nurton, H-Christmas-1942.
Parkinson, Norman Memorial Book: The Loyal Regiment Norman Parkinson Born May the twenty-fourth, 1917, entered the School September the eleventh, 1929 and left July the twenty-ninth, 1931. Served in the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) from January 1940. Private. Died October the second, 1942 in Korea whilst a Prisoner-of-War in Japanese hands. CWG: Norman Parkinson Private The Loyal Regiment (North Lancahire) 2nd Battalion. 25 years. Died 2nd October 1942. Service Number 3859455. The son of Harold and Eveline Walker Parkinson, of Broughton, Lancashire. Grave Reference: British Section FD.9 Yokohama War Cemetery.
Parr, John Martland Memorial Book PGSA No 553, 12th October 1937. 2 Prospect Place, Ashton, Preston. PGS 1933-1937. HM Forces 28th November 1941. Membership Register. Royal Air Force John Martland Parr Born August the second, 1921, entered the School September the twelfth, 1933 and left July the twenty-fourth, 1937. Served in the Royal Air Force, Bomber Command, from August 1941. Sergeant Pilot. Missing presumed killed in operations over Italy August the fourteenth, 1943. CWG: John Martland Parr Sergeant RAFVR. 420 Squadron. Died 15th August 1943. Service Number 1431080. Memorial Reference: Panel 9 Col 1 Malta Memorial. 420 Squadron was Royal Canadian Air Force, its badge was a Canadian snowy owl which hunts by night, and its motto was Pugnamus Finitur - We fight to a finish. The Squadron had moved to North Africa in May 1943, flying Wellingtons and attacking targets in Italy.
Pearson, J Michael Royal Navy in Scotland. Reading Law at Lincoln College, Oxford, since January, had served in the Navy.
Phillips, Peter Royston Memorial Book: Royal Navy Peter Royston Phillips Born August the twenty-ninth, 1914, entered the School April the twenty-third, 1928 & left July the twenty-second 1932. Served in the Royal Navy from September 1939, Submarine Service. Lieutenant. Mentioned in Despatches for taking a captured Italian sloop from Alexandria to Sollum with ammunition during 1940. Missing presumed lost with the submarine Tetrarch October 1941. CWG: Peter Royston Phillips Lieutenant (E) Royal Navy HM Submarine Tetrarch 27 years Died 2nd November 1941 Memorial Reference: Panel 45 Column 2 Portsmouth Naval Memorial. HM Submarine Tetrarch, N77, laid down by Vickers on 24th August 1938, launched 14th November 1939, Commissioned 15th February 1940. It was the last RN submarine built to be capable of laying mines. The design of the mine required it to be laid in shallow waters such as the channel approach to a port, which meant the submarine could not submerge to escape detection, and if it did submerge it might detonate its own mines. The mines were to be laid out of the bow with the submarine then sailing over its own mines, supposedly safe long enough for the mine layer to leave the area. The difficulties were viewed with disfavour and it is probable that Tetrarch did not lay any mines. On 23rd April 1940 sank UJB/Treff V, German submarine chaser; in the Skagerrak 20th May 1940 captured the Danish fishing vessel Emmanuel in the North Sea and took it as a prize into Leith, after scuttling the Danish fishing vessel Terieven. 16th June 1940 torpedoed and sank the German tanker Samland, 5,978grt, off Lista, Norway. Parthian (Lt Cdr M G Rimington), based Alexandria, in a fight on the surface sank the Italian submarine Diamante on 20th June 1940 off Tobruk, the first RN submarine success in the Mediterranean. September 1940 Lt Cdr R G Mills was instructed to take four T-Class submarines to Malta, commanding Tetrarch and Acting Commander of the submarine base. All four on patrol by 20th September. Mills promoted to Commander end 1940. 4th November 1940 torpedoed and sank the Italian merchantman Snia Amba, 2,532grt, off Benghazi. In January 1941 Lt Cdr R M T Peacock took over command of Tetrarch from Cdr R Mills. 12th April 1941 torpedoed and sank the Italian tanker Persiano, 2,474grt, north west of Tripoli. 18th May 1941 torpedoed and sank the Italian Giovinezza, 2,362grt, off Benghazi. 22nd July 1941 attacked with gunfire a sailing vessel in the Aegean. On 25th July attacked the Greek tanker Olympus, 5,216 grt, off Gaidero Island, Greece, but did not hit her. On 27th July sank by gunfire the Italian sailing vessel Nicita, off Kos. On 23rd August sank by gunfire the sailing vessel V72 Fratelli Garre, 413 grt and V113 Francesco Garre, 399 grt, in the Gulf of Syrte. About September Lt Cdr G H Greenway assumed command of Tetrarch. Torpedoed and sank the Italian Citta di Bastian, 2,499 grt in the Aegean, south of Milos Island, on 26th September 1941; and on 27th torpedoed and damaged the German merchant ship Yalova, 3,751 grt off Agios Giorgios Island in the Aegean. Sailed from Malta 26th October 1941 for a scheduled refit in UK, and was due to call at Gibraltar on 2nd November. Failed to arrive and posted as missing presumed died as on that date. Tetrarch was probably lost on Italian mines off Capo Granditola, Sicily, in late October 1941. Conditions in the Mediterranean for submarine operations were not favourable. Tests showed that in clear weather a submarine submerged to 70 feet was clearly visible to an aircrew, resulting in the submarines being painted bright blue. Variable salinity affected depth keeping and a submarine could spontaneously surface or deep dive by hitting an area of water of different density. It was said by the Germans that the sinkings of supply ships and tankers off the North Africa coast had an impact on the vital fuel and other supplies to Rommel's Afrika Korps out of all proportion to the comparatively small size of the ships sunk. After most of the above had been entered on the assumption that Tetrarch, being the only ship referred to in the Memorials, had been the only ship on which Peter Phillips had served, further research revealed that he had initially served on a battleship and a cruiser before volunteering for the submarine service and going to the submarine Parthian. The chronology above of Tetrarch has been amended to include the deployments, actions, and Commanding Officers of both submarines, which may assist in fixing the date on which he moved to Tetrarch.
Philipson, Clifford Anyone know of his whereabouts? Gunner Calvert wants to hear from him. H7-1940. Driver, 30,000 miles through Africa, Sicily, Italy. Has been seen several times by Frank Hind, H-Midsummer-1943.
Phizackerley, Charles Gunner In Malaya. Had been posted as missing for a time.
Pickston, L A Royal Navy
Pilkington, John E Private Missing whilst serving with New Zealand Forces in the Middle East, is now a Prisoner of War. He went to New Zealand about four years ago and joined up on the outbreak of war, H12-1941. New Zealand Forces, a PoW, H-Midsummer-1943.
Pilling, S G Signalman.
Piper, Sapper R As a result of being at PGS he is able to ask for an egg in the native tongue. H7-1940.
Place, Kenneth Memorial Book: The Loyal Regiment Kenneth Place Born September the twentieth, 1919, entered the School September the tenth, 1930 and left March the twenty-fifth, 1937. School Prefect. Served in the Royal Army Service Corps from September 1939 and subsequently in The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) First Battalion. Lieutenant. Killed in action in Burma December 21, 1944 CWG: Kenneth Place Lieutenant The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) Secondary Regiment Nigeria Regiment, RWAFF. Seconded to 2nd Battalion. 25 years. Died 21st December 1944. Service Number 247159. Son of Fred and Edna Place; husband of Sylvia M Place, of Stanford Rivers, Essex. Memorial Reference: Face 15 Rangoon Memorial.
Pollard, F H A/LA That might mean Air/Leading Artificer. Fleet Air Arm Training in Canada as a Telegraphist/Air Gunner.
Pomfret, Eric University Section, volunteered for the Royal Artillery, H7-1940. University Section, Forces, H12-1940.
Poole, E AC2 Learning to fly. Pilot Officer E Poole, RAFVR married Edith L Cunningham on 11th June 1945 at St Michael's Parish Church, Newquay, H7-1945.
Potter, Gunner R reported missing. Last seen by members of his unit lying wounded in a Dunkirk hospital, H7-1940. Is a prisoner of war, and has fully recovered from his wounds, H12-1940.
Porter, Kenneth RAF Fly. Opps. Left Canada for UK. Did pilot training in Canada. October 2008 Newsletter. Flying Officer Kenneth Porter, aged 21, awarded the DFC for gallantry and devotion to duty in air operations. Volunteered for the RAFVR in January 1942, he trained in Canada and received his commission in October 1943, H7-1945.
Preston, F J Officer in local 1951 Squadron ATC, H-Christmas-1942, (see Great War).
Pulman, Mr RAF 1941 Pilot Officer W H Pulman has arrived at his destination after a long sea voyage. Apparently short of wine, women, so making do with much singing, H-Christmas-1942. Flight Lieutenant in India, H-Midsummer-1943.
Pye, Arthur W Leading Aircraftsman. Armourer Group II, H-Midsummer-1943.