Image from the Evening Star – 10th December 1943.
Born: 2nd February 1922, Ipswich.
Died: 22nd November 1943; age: 21; aircraft lost an engine and dived into the sea.
Residence: 17, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: an Engineering Wages Clerk.
Rank: Flight Sergeant; Service Number: 1331637.
Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 144 Squadron.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick William & Dorothy Fletcher, of Ipswich.
Brother to JOHN BRATT FLETCHER. Peter’s parents had received the news about John just 4 days earlier.
Father: Frederick William Fletcher, born June 1884, Higham, Suffolk.
Mother: Dorothy Fletcher (nee Freeman), born November 1887, Mendlesham, Suffolk.
Peter was educated at Northgate School, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.
Peter was an Engineering Wages Clerk. He was living with his parents & brother at their family home – 17, Gippeswyk Road, Ipswich.
Frederick, a Railway Accounts Clerk.
Dorothy, unpaid Domestic Duties.
John Bratt Fletcher, born 1923, Ipswich.
Ernestine Bratt, unpaid Domestic Duties, born August 1856, Shipston On Stour, Worcestershire.
Ernestine had been Governess to the Freeman family, and later their Housekeeper.
Probate to Frederick William Fletcher – father. A retired Railway Clerk.
Peter is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Nicholas Church, Ipswich.
22nd November 1943
Aircraft: Bristol Beaufighter; Serial Number: LZ415; based at R.A.F. Wick, North East of Scotland. LZ415 was one of six torpedo armed Beaufighters from 144 Squadron which set out with eight escorting cannon armed Beaufighters of 404 Squadron to attack shipping off the Norwegian coast. The mission was a great success with three ships being badly damaged. During the mission LZ415 lost an engine, possibly due to flak damage. Peter was trying to nurse the aircraft back to land when it dived into the sea about 8 miles North East of Stronsay, Orkney Islands. The Flight Sergeant/Navigator H.I. Shepherd was picked up by a rescue launch from Shapinsay and taken to hospital in Kirkwall. The was no trace of Peter.
Aircraft information courtesy of John Allan