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7 Oct 1916
r: 30 Jul 1973
d: 2 Jan 1999
– 1 Jan 1968 (CB – 1 Jan 1965), OBE - 14 Jun 1945, DFC
– 29 Dec 1942, AFC – 1 Jan 1951, FRAeS - 1986.
Off: 21 Mar 1940, Flt
Lt: 21 Sep 1941, (T) Sqn Ldr: 1 Dec 1941, Act
Wg Cdr: 9 Sep 1943, Sqn Ldr (WS):
9 Mar 1944, Sqn Ldr: 1 Sep 1945,
Wg Cdr: 1 Jul 1951, Gp Capt: 1
Jan 1958, A/Cdre: 1 Jul 1961, Act
1 Apr 1964, AVM:
1 Jul 1964, Act AM: 6 Nov 1967, AM:
1 Jan 1969, ACM: 1 May 1971.
Pilot, Southern Rhodesian Air Force.
Granted Commission in RAFVR
Pilot/Flight Commander, No 135 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, No 258 Sqn.
Officer Commanding, RAF Belvedere.
Attended Course No 13, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.
Directing Staff, RAF Staff College (Overseas), Haifa.
Directing Staff, Joint Services Staff College.
Appointed to Permanent Commission in the rank of Squadron Leader.
(retaining rank current at the time) – Gazetted 22 Jul 1947
Member, Joint Planning Staff.
Air Attaché, Oslo.
Directing Staff, Imperial Defence College.
Officer Commanding, RAF Abingdon.
Deputy Director, Joint Planning Staff.
Director of Operational Requirements (B).
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Policy).
AOC, No 38 Group.
Vice Chief of the Air Staff.
Controller of Aircraft, Ministry of Technology.
Controller of Aircraft, MoD (PE).
Born in Rhodesia he was educated at St George's
College and Rhodes University in South Africa before joining the Southern
Rhodesian Law Department in 1937. He
joined the Southern Rhodesian Air Force in 1939, but transferred to the RAF in
1941? He was posted to India where he joined No 135 Sqn but was soon tasked with
reforming No 258 Sqn in Ceylon from the remnants of the original squadron which
had fought the Japanese in the Netherlands East Indies.
The squadron was immediately thrown into
battle against the Japanese. During
one of these combats Peter Fletcher was shot down by friendly AA fire but was
able to bale out, only to be hit as he descended by fire from a Japanese
His last function as AOC, No 38 Group was to hand
over to his successor, AVM H B Martin, the first aircraft painted in the new
'Air Support Command' titles. One
of his duties whilt Director of OR was undertaking the negotiations for the
supply of C130 Hercules transports.
On retirement, he joined Hawker Siddeley Aviation
Ltd, becoming Director, Corporate Strategy and Planning with the formation of
British Aerospace plc in 1977. He
remained with BAe until 1983 when he retired from industry although he still
acts as a freelance aviation consultant.
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