17.06.1941 No.56 Squadron R.A.F. Hurricane II Z2812 P/O Robinson Location: in English Channel.
Mission: Circus 41

Date: 17th June 1941

Unit: No. 56 Squadron R.A.F.

Type: Hawker Hurricane II

Serial No.Z2812

Coded: US-

Location: In English Channel.

Pilot: Pilot Officer Peter Ehelbert Herrick Robinson 100584 – Killed. Joined No.56 Squadron 25th July 1940.


This aircraft was shot down together with Sgt Carvill in Hurricane II Z3329 by Messerschmitt Bf 109's during bomber escort sortie The final reference to Peter in 56 Squadron’s logbook is dated 17th June 1941 and says: "Offensive patrol by the whole Squadron, which took part in a circus (RAF code word for a sweep) operation as close support to a force of bombers. F/Lt Higginson DFM, P/O Harris, P/O Robinson Sgt Carvill missing after the operation, during which the Squadron was continuously attacked by Me109’s but was unable to do more than stick by the bombers and defend them from attack. In this the Squadron was entirely successful".

Copy of No.56 Sqdn pilots 1941
Peter Robinson is 4
th from left, front row, behind him sits Sgt Carvill (Brownless)

Me 110 18.08.40 6ZG26
Note: Claimed 1 Messerschmitt Bf110C of 6./ZG26 on the 18.08.1940. Above the burnt out wreck of Ofw. Kiefel’s Bf 110 Wnr.3060 at Pluckley, Kent. Both Kiefel and his R/Op Uffz. Hemmersbach perished in the crash.The port tail fin with part of rudder on display in the Kent Battle of Britain Museum.

Peter Robinson grave

Burial detail: North Weald Bassett (St.Andrew Churchyard) Essex. Row.2 Grave.2 Son of Herbert and Ethel May Robinson of Harrow, Middx.

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