Peter Townsend

Flying Ace
Born Nov 22, 1914

Group Captain Peter Wooldridge Townsend, CVO, DSO, DFC and Bar, RAF was Equerry to King George VI 1944–1952 and held the same position for Queen Elizabeth II 1952–1953. Group Captain Townsend is best known for his ill-fated romance with Princess Margaret.… Read More

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1914 Birth Peter Townsend was born 1914 in Rangoon, Burma, and was educated at Haileybury College.


1933 18 Years Old Townsend joined the Royal Air Force in 1933, and trained at RAF Cranwell. … Read More


1936 21 Years Old In 1936 he was posted to No. 36 Squadron RAF in Singapore, flying the Vickers Vildebeest torpedo bomber.
1937 22 Years Old He returned to Tangmere in 1937 as a member of No. 43 Squadron RAF. … Read More
Townsend was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) in April 1940. … Read More
Townsend oversaw the conversion of No. 85 Squadron to night operations at RAF Hunsdon during early 1941.
1942 27 Years Old Townsend was later leader of No. 605 Squadron RAF, a night fighter unit, and attended the staff college from October 1942.
1943 28 Years Old In January 1943, he was appointed commanding officer of RAF West Malling. … Read More
1944 29 Years Old In 1944, he was appointed temporary equerry to King George VI.


1948 33 Years Old He was promoted group captain in 1948.
1950 35 Years Old In August 1950, he was made deputy Master of the Household and was moved to comptroller to the Queen Mother in 1952.
1953 38 Years Old 1 More Event
In the same year, the appointment was made permanent, and he served until 1953, when he became Extra Equerry, an honorary office he held until his death.


1959 44 Years Old Posted to Belgium, Townsend met and married Marie-Luce Jamagne, a woman of that nationality, in 1959. … Read More
1960 45 Years Old Although Princess Margaret later married photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones in 1960, she herself underwent a divorce in 1978. … Read More


1995 81 Years Old Townsend died of stomach cancer in 1995, at the age of 80, in Rambouillet, France. … Read More
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