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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 School.


1933 19 Years Old He joined the Royal Air Force in 1933, and trained at Cranwell. … Read More


1937 23 Years Old He was stationed at RAF Tangmere in 1937 and was a member of No. 43 Squadron RAF. … Read More
He was awarded the DFC in April 1940. … Read More
He oversaw the conversion of 85 Squadron to night operations at RAF Hunsdon during early 1941.
1942 28 Years Old Townsend was later leader of No. 605 Squadron RAF, a night fighter unit, and attended the staff college from October 1942.
1943 29 Years Old In January 1943, he was appointed Commanding Officer of RAF West Malling. … Read More


1944 30 Years Old In 1944, he was appointed temporary equerry to King George VI.
1948 34 Years Old He was promoted Group Captain in 1948.
1950 36 Years Old In August 1950, he was made deputy Master of the Household and was moved to comptroller to the Queen Mother in 1952.
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 45 Years Old Townsend later married a Belgian woman, Marie-Luce Jamagne, in 1959. … Read More


1995 82 Years Old …  Townsend died of stomach cancer in 1995, at the age of 80, in Rambouillet, France. … Read More
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