D. V. Peyton-Ward
|Dudley Vivian Peyton-Ward
|Other work||Author and Historian|
‘P.W.’ to those that knew him, he was most famous for his work as Naval Liaison Officer to RAF Coastal Command. The work he performed in this capacity was of utmost importance to the smooth functioning of Coastal Command operations, tactics and weapons (see: Coastal Command weapon development. Among other things, he personally championed and facilitated the increased use of Very Long Range aircraft, such as the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. These aircraft allowed continual air cover over the Atlantic and closed the notorious Mid-Atlantic gap, where Axis U-Boats could freely operate against Allied convoys.
After the war he wrote an eight-volume internal history for the Royal Navy, entitled The R.A.F. in the Maritime War, a copy of which resides at The National Archives in Kew, London. The preface to the British Official history of the RAF in the Second World (a supplemental work to the History of the Second World War) says "Our debt is especially heavy to the Air Historical Branch: to its narrators—among them Captain D. V. Peyton-Ward, C.B.E., R.N. (retd.), perhaps more than any".
In May 1914 he was his sub-Lieutenancy was confirmed. While a Lieutenant he was mentioned in dispatches in 1917 for "recognition of their services in submarines in enemy waters" during the First World War.
- "No. 46968". The London Gazette. 20 July 1976. p. 10000.
- Hendrie 2006, p.50.
- Air Estimates 10 March 1955
- "No. 13162". The Edinburgh Gazette (Supplement). 5 November 1917. p. 2290.
- "No. 37582". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 May 1946. p. 2559.
- Hendrie, Andrew. The Cinderella Service: RAF Coastal Command 1939–1945. Pen & Sword Aviation. 2006. ISBN 978-1-84415-346-6.