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Percy Stevenson Weaver


Christian Names

Service Number



Weaver Percy Stevenson 70719 Flt Lt 56 Sqn RAF



Enlisted at


Bath 25    

Date of Death

Where killed

Cause of Death

31/08/1940 Over Colchester Killed in action




Runnymede Memorial Panel 5 England

Next of Kin

Next of kin address


Ernest Norman and Katharine H Weaver   Chippenham


Son of Ernest Norman Weaver, and of Katharine H. Weaver, of Chippenham, Wiltshire.

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 battle.

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.

Aircraft claims:

20/7/40 Shared JU88
29/7/40 Bf109
12/8/40 Do17
13/8/40 Bf110
16/8/40 Shared Do215
18/8/40 Bf110
18/8/40 He111
24/8/40 He111
28/8/40 Bf109

Last updated - 14/01/2011



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