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Peter Stanley James

Peter Stanley James

Male 1916 - 1999  (83 years)

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  • Name Peter Stanley James 
    Born 24 Feb 1916 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Sep 1999  Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I19979  Whitton
    Last Modified 16 Oct 2019 

    Father Peter Octavious James,   b. 1876, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1962, Park Hospital, IllingburghRoad, Wellingborough, Nortamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mabel Whitton,   b. Abt 1880 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1915 
    Family ID F8127  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Wing Commander Peter Stanley James DFC, AE, RAF VR (24 February 1917–11 January 1999), was a pilot in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War, flying in Bomber Command with 35 Squadron, 78 Squadron and 148 Squadron.

      James was captain of Handley Page Halifax L9500 (TL-H) during the first raid against the German pocket battleship the Scharnhorst, flew in all three thousand bomber raids and was one of the first Pilots to take the Handley Page Halifax into battle.

      James was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1941

      On 21 May 1946 James was appointed Officer Commanding No. 378 (Mannock) Squadron, Air Training Corps, a post he held until 15 March 1949 when he was appointed Officer Commanding Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire Wing Air Training Corps. James was awarded the Cadet Forces Medal in November 1958. During his time as wing commander, James was involved in the acquisition of land for several of the counties Air Training Corps Squadrons including 1101 Squadron, Kettering. James held this post for the following 17 years until the amalgamation of the Northamptonshire wing with the Leicestershire Wing in 1966 when he stepped down, becoming chairman of No. 378 (Mannock) Squadron civilian committee.