Son of Ernest Norman Weaver, and of Katharine H. Weaver, of Chippenham,
Flight Lieutenant Percy Stevenson WEAVER DFC, involved in a dog fight with
a Messerschmitt Bf 109 and was shot down. He crashed into the nearby River
Blackwater near Osea Island. Sadly he did not survive the crash and his
body was not recovered. One other pilot from 56 Squadron had to bale out,
while two others were wounded and crash landed. (reference 6)
Percy was aged 25 and the son of Ernest and Catherine WEAVER of
Chippenham, Wiltshire. He was nicknamed "Squeak" from his initials PSW,
which tallied with a famous cartoon series "Pip, Squeak & Wilfred". Percy
was a pre-war pilot and had joined Blue section of 56 Squadron on the 5th
June following their arrival at North Weald from France. Between the 20th
July and his death on the 31st August, he had shot down nine enemy
aircraft. He himself had previously been shot down by return fire on the
28th August, three days before his death.
Percy had been recommended for a DFC prior to his death and it was awarded
posthumously on the 1st October 1940. He is commemorated on the Runnymede
Memorial in Surrey on Panel 5.
Shotdown by Me 109 over Colchester at 0845 whicle on patrol. Hurricane
I V7378 or R4197. Based at North Weald.
Crashed into the River Blackwater. 56 Sqn lost 4 Hurricanes in this
Native of Bath.
Had joined the RAF on a short service commission in Oct 1936. He was
posted to 56 Sqn in Sept 1937 after training with 8 FTS at Montrose.
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