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Flight-Lieutenant Peter Gifford Felce
No.69443 - 27 OTU Squadron - R.A.F.V.R.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Felce

Died 16th September 1942

Aged 21 years

Commemorated in Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany.
Coll. grave 4. B. 3-19.

Research by Clive Wood

Peter Gifford Felce, born 12.11.1920, entered Wellingborough Grammar School in September, 1932. In November 1936 he joined the Staff of the Tecnic Boot Co., Rushden.

In June 1939 he joined the R.A.F.V.R. at Sywell and was called for War Service on 1st September. He was commissioned as Pilot Officer in June 1941, promoted Flying Officer in June 1942, and again promoted, to Flight Lieutenant in August 1942. In September 1942, he was posted missing after his 37th operational flight, (presumed over Cologne) on September 16/17th, 1942. His death was confirmed in October 1942. Thirty-nine planes were lost that night.

He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Felce, of 68, Wharf Road, Higham Ferrers.

Rushden Echo, 25th September 1942, transcribed by Kay Collins

Air Gunner of 1940 Campaign – Now “Missing”

After fine service in the air since pre-war days, Flight-Lieut. Peter Gifford Felce, R.A.F.V.R., younger son of Mr and Mrs Fred G Felce, of 68 Wharf-road, Higham Ferrers, has been posted “missing” and further news is anxiously awaited by his parents.

Flight-Lieut. Felce failed to return from an operational flight in September. He had had considerable experience on bombers, especially as a gunner, and made his first operational flight on June 1, 1940, when the British were still fighting in France. A busy period followed, and after completing a long series of operational flights with the famous 99th Squadron he was transferred to other duties.

Having joined the R.A.F.V.R. at Sywell in June 1939, and been called up for whole-time service on September 1st, he became a Flight-Sergeant and gained his commission in June 1941. His promotion to Flying Office was announced on June 12th of this year, and on August 1st he rose to Flight-Lieut.

Aged 21 years, he was educated at Wellingborough Grammar School, where he played Rugby football, and afterwards joined the staff of the Tecnic Boot Co., Rushden. For a few years prior to the war he was a keen and useful member of the Rushden Adult School Male Voice Choir. He was home on leave early in September.

Rushden Echo News Clip, October 1942

Outstanding Air-Crew Member - Higham Ferrers Officer Now Believed Killed

It is now announced that Flight-Lieutenant Peter Gifford Felce R.A.F.V.R., the young Higham Ferrers airman who was posted "missing" after an operational flight in September, is believed to have lost his life in the action. The sad news was gathered by the International Red Cross and telegraphed on Wednesday by the Air Ministry.

A volunteer for the flight which ended fatally, Flight-Lieut. Felce had & fine record of war service. He was the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred G. Felce, of 68, Wharf-road, Higham Ferrers.

Extract from the Roll of Honour in "Memories of Wellingborough Grammar School" by D & G Tall

Peter Felce (WGS 1932-36), of Higham Ferrers, was called up on 1st September and joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in June 1939. He was promoted successively to Pilot Officer, then Flying Officer and, as a Flight Lieutenant, he was posted missing after his 37th operational flight on 16th September 1942. His death was confirmed the following month.

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