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  Squadron Leader Maurice Pettit - 432 Squadron  
 

Squadron Leader Maurice William Pettit (DFC & Bar) - RCAF

 
Squadron Leader Maurice William Pettit enlisted in the RCAF on the 6th of January, 1940 in Toronto, Ontario. After earning his wings at No.12 EFTS, Goderich, he then graduated from No.5 SFTS Brantford and was granted a commission and posted over seas in January 1942.

After additional training at No. 20 OTU and no.1651 HCU he was posted to 218 squadron and flew a tour of operations the resulted in him earning the Distinguished Flying Cross. His citation reads:

"This officer, who has completed twenty-seven operational missions, has displayed great keenness and tenacity. On two occasions towards the end of 1942 he displayed great resolution in pressing home his attack on certain targets after his aircraft had been badly damaged by enemy action.  In February 1943 he took part in an attack on Cologne.  Whilst over the city his aircraft was held in the searchlights and hit by anti-aircraft fire.  One engine was put out of action and two windows beside the pilot were blown in.  Despite this, Flight Lieutenant Pettit successfully bombed his target.  His exemplary conduct has been worthy of high praise."

After flying 26 operations with 218 Squadron, he was screened from operations and posted to No.12 OTU as an instructor. On March 13, 1944 he posted in to 432 Squadron at East Moor with his crew, holding the rank of Flight Lieutenant. He went on to fly another 22 operations over five months with the squadron and was promoted to Squadron Leader in July 1944. 

The operations flown with 432 squadron were:

Date

Target

Type

A/C Code

A/C Serial #

Up

Down

Mar 18/19 1944

Frankfurt

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

1907

0105

Mar 22/23 1944

Frankfurt

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-K

LW598

1903

2210

Mar 24/25 1944

Berlin

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-A

LW582

1903

0233

Mar 30/31 1944

Nunrberg

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-J

LW617

2157

0521

April 10/11 1944

Ghent

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2100

0227

April 22/23 1944

Dusseldorf

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2247

0350

May 1/2 1944

Ghislain

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2205

0203

May 12/13 1944

Boulogne-Sur-Mer

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2201

0235

June 2/3 1944

Nuefchapel

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2225

0222

June 6 1944

Houlgate

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-K

MZ591

0145

0618

June 6/7 1944

Coutances

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2201

0220

June 8/9 1944

Mayenne

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2309

0450

June 10/11 1944

Versailles

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2221

0330

June 16/17 1944

Sterkrade-Holten

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2317

0338

June 23/24 1944

Bientques

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2300

0251

June 24/25 1944

Bamieres

Halifax Mk B.III

QO-D

LW596

2355

0337

July 1 1944

Biennais

Halifax Mk VII

QO-D

NP692

1501

1845

July 15/16 1944

Nucourt

Halifax Mk VII

QO-D

NP692

2342

0354

July 17/18 1944

Wessling

Halifax Mk VII

QO-D

NP692

2230

0345

July 24/25 1944

Ferfay

Halifax Mk VII

QO-D

NP692

2218

0212

August 1 1944

Ferme de Forestel

Halifax Mk VII

QO-D

NP703

1527

1859

August 4 1944

Bois de Cassont

Halifax Mk VII

QO-D

NP725

1040

1530

Squadron Leader Pettit's crew from 432 Squadron consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

S/L Maurice Pettit

RCAF

Pilot

Sgt A. Plummer

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

P/O A. Branch

RCAF

Navigator

F/O W. Gray

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

P/O G. Keogh

RCAF

W/Op/AG

P/O R. Bulllivant

RCAF

Air Gunner

F/Sgt D. Penny

RCAF

Air Gunner

S/L Pettit was screened from his second tour of operations and posted to Warrington on August 18, 1944. Weeks earlier on July 24th, S/L Pettit was awarded a Bar to his DFC, the citation reads:

"Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross, Squadron Leader Pettit has completed many attacks on heavily defended targets.  He has displayed outstanding qualities of courage, skill and determination. His operational record during both of his tours has set an inspiring example to all the members of the squadron."