Perry, Pete


Perry, Pete
W R P Perry


Sixty-nine items and an album sub collection with twenty-four pages of photographs.
The collection concerns Flight Lieutenant WR Pete Perry DFC (1923 - 2006, 1317696, 146323 Royal Air Force) and contains his log books, photographs, correspondence, memoirs and documents. He flew operations as a pilot with 106 Squadron.

The collection has been donated to the IBCC Digital Archive by Helen Verity and catalogued by Nigel Huckins.




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Perry, WRP

Collection Items

Label for Lancaster
Avro Lancaster BIII, ZN:Z (ND339) 106 Sqn, "Admiral Shyte Awk II".

Airman's psalm
Based on 23 psalm - airman version.

Admiral Shyte-Awk
Top - photograph of an airman in the cockpit of a Lancaster. On the fuselage below nose art of duck with peaked cap walking down road with sign to Berlin. Row of bomb symbols underneath.
Below - explanation that Admiral Shyte-Awk was the aircraft…

106 Squadron - happy days and others
Writes of his time on 106 Squadron at RAF Syerston. Mentions operation to the Ruhr and Italy and that they were two thirds of their way through tour. Writes of his last operation at Syerston and squadron's move to RAF Metheringham. Describes his new…

W R P Perry pilot's flying log book. Three
Pilots flying log book three, for W R Perry. Covering the period from 21 June 1943 to 30 May 1946. Detailing his operations flown, instructor duties and post war flying with 242 squadron. He was stationed at RAF Syerston, RAF Balderton, RAF…

W R P Perry pilot's flying log book. Two
Pilots flying log book two, for W R P Perry, covering the period from 27 April 1943 to 26 September 1946. Detailing his flying training, operations flown, instructor duties and post war flying with 242 Squadron. He was stationed at RAF North…

W R P Perry pilot's flying log book. One
Pilots flying log book one, for W R P Perry, covering the period from 24 November 1941 to 19 April 1943. Detailing his flying training. He was stationed at RAF Ansty, RCAF De Winton, RCAF Calgary, RCAF Moncton, RAF Ossington, RAF Scampton, RAF North…

Letter from Pete Perry to his mother
Wishes her happy birthday. Explains he did not write the previous day as he had a long flight (11 hours 15 minutes) and was very tired. Catches up with mail received and family gossip and other matters. Mention future plans and that his commission…

Ron's rogues gallery
Gives outline of service history. Goes on to describe joining the RAF, early training, journey across the Atlantic to Canada for pilot training. Gives account of training in Canada and on return to the United Kingdom. Writes of operations on 106…

Me - William Roy Peter Perry DFC
Memoir starts by describing early life and education in Tunbridge Wells before moving to Cornwall. Writes about beginning of the war. Volunteered for aircrew in Plymouth (which had been bombed the day before) shortly after his 18th birthday.…

Registered numbers and squadron letters (& fate) of Manchester & Lancasters flown
List one Manchester and 10 Lancasters at RAF Wigsley May - June 1943. On 106 Squadron at RAF Syerston and RAF Metheringham between June 1943 and February 1944, lists 16 Lancasters. At No 5 Lancaster Finishing School between February and November 1944…

Lancaster certificate
Front quarter view of a Lancaster parked on an airfields. Text 'Modane 10/11. 11. 43, Pilot Officer Perry, Pilot Officer Cunnison, Sergeant Blood, Sergeant Davies, Flying Officer Toogood, Flight Sergeant Boaden, Sergeant Groombridge'. Signed by R A…

Blank assessment form
Blank summary of flying and assessments form.

RAF O.P.T.C Rules
Officer pilots' tie club, reason for formation and membership rules, subscription, address and levie.

Course photograph
Twenty-five pilots wearing battledress sitting and standing in two rows. On the reverse titled '[....] Course 25, 14 (P) A.F.U. Ossington, Lincs'. Followed by names by row. 'Pete front row 4th from left'.

106 Squadron crest
Black and white version of 106 bomber squadron crest with lion holding up a standard and moto pro libertate.

Pete's ground crew
Four airmen wearing overalls or jackets standing underneath a Lancaster. On the reverse 'Pete's ground crew, George Broadbent far right'.

Recommendation for non-immediate award of Distinguished Flying Cross
Made out for Pilot Officer William Roy Peter Perry. Narrative mentions completed 20 operations, showing outstanding skill and determination. Skilful airmanship enabled gunner to shoot down enemy fighter. Twice had to recover aircraft on three engine…

Course photograph
Forty airmen wearing tunics and side caps sitting and standing in four rows. Several men have an "x" above head or on their shoulders. On the reverse 'Pete top left, 56 course 37 SFTS Calgary Alberta Canada, May - Sep 42, "x" LACs, Tabory, Gelfices,…

Telegram to EPM Perry from Pete Perry
Writes that all was well and safe. On the reverse 'Telegram announcing safe arrival in Canada, Jan 41 to Dinks'.

RAF officer pilots' tie club membership
Membership card made out to No 5855 W R P Perry DFC

History of 106 Squadron
A short history of 106 Squadron. Covers formation in world war one. Reformed in 1938 with Hinds and Battles. Equipped with Hampden at beginning of the war. Initially a advanced training unit. Became operational in September 1940. Describes early…

History of RAF Syerston
History of the station from December 1940 including resident squadrons and aircraft , royal visit and other points of interest after the war up to the current day.

RAF songs
On Blackpool and District Branch of Aircrew Association paper. A few RAF songs remembered (& modified!) by Peter Perry.
The flying Fortress, the navigators lament, the bomb-aimers ballad. Shaibah blues, No flak at all, the airman lament, three old…

Words for a number of songs including our outhouse, the foggy, foggy dew, the bomb aimers lament, three old ladies, teeny-weeny bomb, the wingco's OBE.
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