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 Percy Charles Pickard

Percy Charles Pickard

Birth
Handsworth, Metropolitan Borough of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Death 18 Feb 1944 (aged 28)
Amiens, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Burial Amiens, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Memorial ID 8879140 · View Source
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British World War II Aviator. Famed British World War Two bomber pilot. Born in Sheffield, he stands out as one of the truly great characters of the Conflict. His long operational career, covering many aspects of aerial conflict, included some of the most daring episodes in the histroy of the war and the RAF. In Air Force circles he was admired for his consistent leadership, determination and courage. Outside the RAF he was well known as Sqd Ldr Dickson, the skipper of Wellington, F for Freddie, in the popular real-life film production "Target for Tonight". Within operations he played a key role in the successful airborne Commando raid against the German Wurzburg Radar Installation near Bruneval, and flying numerous "cloak and dagger" sorties, carrying supplies and agents for the S.O.E. into Nazi occupied Europe. He was the leader of the legendary Amiens Prison Raid (Operation Jericho) which saved the lives of Resistance fighters. Operation Jericho was an immediate success as a positive direct result of the two leading squadrons (464 and 487) accurate bombing. On seeing the outcome, Pickard told the third wave (21 Squadron) to return to base. As Pickard and Broadley flew away from the target, at 500ft, their aircraft was attacked by Fw190s and their first burst of fire severed the Mosquito's tail section. The aircraft flicked onto its back and dived into the ground, exploding in flames on impact. Group Captain Pickard and 'Bill' Broadley, aged 28 and 22 respectively had made their last flight together.

Bio by: Kieran Smith


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  • Originally Created by: Kieran Smith
  • Added: 6 Jun 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8879140
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Percy Charles Pickard (16 May 1915–18 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8879140, citing Saint Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .