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Name: PICKARD, Percy Charles 'Pick' DSO**, DFC, CzMC

Birth Date: 16 May 1915 Handsworth, Yorkshire

Death Date: 18 Feb 1944 Amiens, France, killed in action

First Date: 1932

Last Date: 1936

Profession: Farmer. RAF bomber pilot

Married: In Westminster 11 Nov 1939 Dorothy Hodgkin b. 18 Dec 1913 Belfast, d. 16 Mar 1999 Johannesburg (she later m. Joseph Blake Rowley Brooke 1906-1981)

Children: Nicholas (1 Jan 1943 Bedford-9 Jan 2009 Johannesburg)

Book Reference: Web

War Service: Army Service Corps WW1, RAF WW2

School: Framlingham College

General Information:

CHARLES PICKARD (1915 - 1944) Group Captain P.C. 'Pick' Pickard, DSO, DFC, CzMC "one of the truly great characters of the 1939-45 Air War" Charles was born at 82 Main Road, Handsworth, Sheffield, on 16 May 1915, the youngest in the family of two sons and three daughters of Percy Pickard, stone merchant, and his wife, Jennie Skelton. In 1920 the family moved to Hampstead, London, where Pickard's father began a successful catering business that later became part of the Mecca Organisation.
After an undistinguished academic career at Framlingham College, Suffolk, Pickard left for Kenya in 1932, where he farmed for four years and earned a three handicap at polo. In November 1935 he joined the King's African Rifles reserve as a territorial. After returning to England in 1936, Pickard failed to qualify as an army officer, but was accepted by the RAF and was commissioned in 1937 as a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force reserve of pilots (for which his public school education qualified him) and was posted to Bomber Command. By 1939 he was assistant and personal pilot to Air Marshal Sir John Baldwin, commandant of the RAF college at Cranwell.
On 11 November 1939 he married (against her parents' wishes), at Caxton Hall register office, Westminster, Dorothy Hodgkin (1912/13–1998), daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Harry Sidney Hodgkin and his wife, Elsie Gray McMordie, daughter of a former lord mayor of Belfast. They had a son, born in 1943. Group Captain Percy Charles "Pick" Pickard DSO & Two Bars, DFC, (16 May 1915 - 18 February 1944) was a British bomber pilot and commander during World War II. He is best remembered by the public for his role in the 1941 wartime propaganda film Target for Tonight in which he featured as the pilot of 'F for Freddie' – a Wellington bomber of No. 149 Squadron.
CWGC buried in St Pierre War Cemetery, Amiens

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