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Date:19-MAY-1940
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:81 Squadron Royal Air Force (81 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N9448
C/n / msn: 82502
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pérrone airfield, Somme department in Hauts-de-France -   France
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Arras, Pas de Calais, France
Destination airport:Pérrone airfield, Somme, France
Narrative:
DeHavilland DH.82A Tiger Moth N9448, 81 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when landed at Perrone Airfield, France, just after the airfield had been captured by enemy forces. Pilot Officer Peter Vivian Lockett (RAF 41038) became a PoW on⁣ 19th May 1940: Peter was taken PoW (PoW No.408) and held at Stalag Luft III in Poland after landing his Tiger Moth N9448 at Pérrone airfield which had just been occupied by the Germans.⁣⁣

According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/481): "Tiger Moth N9448 crashed at Peronne, France, 20 May 1940 [*sic]. Pilot Officer P V Lockett: prisoner of war".

⁣Peter Lockett was a pilot with No. 81 Squadron RAF BEF (British Expeditionary Force) in France during 1940.⁣⁣ Reformed from the Communication Squadron at Mountjoie in France on 1st December 1939, 81 Squadron, RAF flew Tiger Moths on communications and training duties until the German invasion necessitated its withdrawal back to Britain, where it disbanded on 15th June 1940. According to "Wings Day: the man who led the RAF's epic battle in German captivity" (Sydney Smith, 1968):

"All the British were aircrew and had been shot out of the sky, or crashed through enemy action, or had landed on RAF airfields in France and found they were occupied by Germans — like young Peter Lockett, an Arras HQ Communications pilot. He was sent with a message to Peronne between Amiens and Rheims. He landed, taxied to the control-tower and was bawling out the ground crew for not holding his wingtips when he found they were Luftwaffe."

A bit of googling suggests that the Peronne area was captured by XIX Panzer Korps around May 19-21 1940.

Apparently, when in captivity, Peter Lockett was a persistent escapee from PoW camps, and ended up in the famous/notorious PoW Camp Oflag IVc at Colditz Castle

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 55)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/482: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502184
3. http://francecrashes39-45.net/page_fiche_av.php?id=7312
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?9246&p=53949#53949
5. https://stalktr.net/tag/CambridgeFlyingGroup
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p825.html
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A9ronne,_Somme
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peronne-St_Quentin_Airport#German_use_during_World_War_II


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Aug-2019 00:12 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Aug-2019 11:15 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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