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William E Peto


William Peto:
'I flew 90 missions and survived a parachute jump and returned to the States at the end of March 1945 as one of the three remaining from the original group (Hodge and Haugen). At the time I was Operations Officer.'

Bill is a member of the American Air Museum in Britain.


Units served with

  • 36th Fighter Group

    36th Fighter Group

    The Group, as the 36th Pursuit Group, were part of the defence force for the Caribbean area and the Panama Canal in 1941, flying P-39s and P-40s out of Puerto Rico. By May 1944 the 36th Fighter Group were flying their first missions out of England...

  • 53rd Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Ashford

    Military site : airfield
    Built as an Advanced Landing Ground for the RAF in 1942-1943, Ashford was improved and made ready for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. The 406th Fighter Group operated from the airfield in 1944, before the airfield was returned to RAF use and returned to...


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19 July 2016 15:10:31 Lucy May Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and media associations

Correspondence with WWII veteran Bill Peto.