The Pilot In The Poster - Peter Parrott & Rosemary Parrott

The Pilot In The Poster - Peter Parrott & Rosemary Parrott

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The familiar wartime recruitment poster features a photograph of an ordinary pilot taken in March 1940 when he was the newest member of 607 Squadron stationed in northern France during the “phoney war”. The image of Peter Parrott appeared on recruitment leaflets and posters that were ”plastered everywhere” and elicited some ribbing from his colleagues.

Peter Parrott fought in the Battle of France with 607 Squadron and with 145 Squadron during the Battle of Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain. He served with 605 Squadron during the last few weeks of the Battle of Britain. He considered himself very fortunate to have survived and never thought himself to be in any way exceptional. After service in the Mediterranean he returned to the UK in 1946 and later volunteered to be a Test Pilot, mainly on Vampires and Meteors. He retired from the RAF in 1963 but continued to fly passenger and business jets until 1974.

Wing Commander Peter Parrott DFC* AFC was an active member of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association, and regularly attended the annual Battle of Britain Service at Westminster Abbey. During the 1980s and 1990s he was interviewed many times and willingly supplied historians with material for their books on the Battle of Britain, despite increasing age and infirmity. Like all the other veterans he wanted to ensure that his many friends and colleagues who were lost in the Battle of Britain were commemorated and would never be forgotten.

His own accounts of training and RAF service have been collected together by his daughter Rosemary. They cover the story of Peter's career in the RAF: his initial training, the Battle of France, Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and in Italy. His personal memoirs have been expanded, using extracts from his letters to include his service as a Test Pilot after the war and as a civilian pilot in Libya and the United Kingdom. The book also contains a short section about his brother, Tim, and Parrott ancestors