EAGLES ABOVE DIEPPE
Major General Chesley Gordon Peterson, DSC, DSO, DFC, Legion d'Honneur.
On 19 August 1942, during 'Operation Jubilee', the ill fated landings at Dieppe all three 'Eagle' Squadrons fought together for the first and only time claiming ten confirmed victories. Peterson led 71 Squadron on three of its four sorties that day damaging a Ju 88 bomber during the mornings air
battles. In the afternoon during an engagement with twenty Ju 88s as they tried to attack shipping Peterson shot a Ju 88 into the sea but not before its rear gunner had forced him to bale out into the sea. Within a few minutes he was rescued by a British MTB boat which had earlier rescued an Canadian pilot. During the voyage back to England the boat was attacked by a lone Fw 190 killing the Canadian pilot sat next to him. For his outstanding leadership skills displayed that day Peterson was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, the only Eagle to be presented with one.
Peterson survived the war, and died on 28 January 1990. He was buried with full military honours at Riverside National Cemetary, California.
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