Peter Warywoda
Lest we forget
Pilot Officer, No. 9 Sqdn, R.A.F.

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Service Personnel Information

  • Name: Peter Warywoda
  • Service Regimental Number: J86885
  • Rank: Pilot Officer
  • Height/weight: 5'11.5"/156lbs
  • Colour of eyes: Blue
  • Marital status: Single
  • Religion: Greek Catholic
  • Address: 1153 Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): Mr. Mike Warywoda (Father)
  • Date of enlistment: 19/2/42
  • City and province of enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba


Peter Warywoda was an ordinary man living with his Greek Catholic family in the city of Winnipeg. Showing great desire and determination, Peter joined the Air Force during a time of great need. But like many Canadians who have served for their country, Peter has lost his life doing so.

Peter was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to two Polish immigrant parents. The family lived on Manitoba Avenue, which is located in the Inkster area of the city. Peter attended St. Paul’s College and was quite athletic, playing sports such as baseball, hockey, rugby and basketball. Seeming quite fit and active, perhaps Peter thought he would perform well in serving his country during a time of need. The application process to join the Royal Canadian Air Force required several interviews with the applicant to be completed. Peter’s final report seemed to be somewhat revealing to his character. A couple good things that were stated was that he was very desirous to qualify for aircrew as pilot and that he had a good education. Unfortunately though, it was also mentioned that he is not suitable for commission. It was clear that each of Peter’s interviewers noticed something about him that would stop him from advancing up the ranks and becoming a leader. In fact, the medical interviewer did state that Peter was temperamental; perhaps this could be his flaw.

Peter was enlisted on 19 February, 1942 and officially became a pilot on the 23rd. Peter became a Pilot Officer of the No. 9 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. The No. 9 Squadron was part of many important battles and advances throughout Canada’s history. Throughout Peter’s enrollment, he flew different versions of two specific air bombers. The first type that was already in use was the Vickers Wellington (I, IA, and III) which were also known as the “Wimpeys”, and the second type being the Avro Lancaster (B.I and B.III) (Crown Copyright et al.). For the most part, though, Peter would fly the Avro Lancaster, for it was introduced to the squadron on August 1942 (Crown Copyright et al.). The No. 9 Squadron would also specialize on dropping larger bombs, such as the 12000lbs ‘Tallboy’ (Crown Copyright et al.).

In August of 1943, Peter along with the rest of his squadron took part in the raid on the Peenemunde V-weapons experimental station (“No. 9 Squadron”). V in V-weapons is actually short for the German word “Vergeltungswaffen”, which translates to “vengeance weapons” (Global Security). The Treaty of Versailles forbade the Germans from developing heavy artillery, but this treaty did not include the development of rockets, and so these rockets are the V-weapons (Global Security). It was called operation Crossbow which was in effort to destroy these V-weapon sites that were attacking British cities (Global Security). The operation included a large scale counter-air operation that lasted from August 1943 to March 1945, where 324 Lancasters were launched and one of them being piloted by Peter (Global Security).

On the night of 22 March, 1944, Peter and his squadron were sent out for a bombing raid and did not come back. Peter was pronounced dead at 23 years of age on 23 March, 1944. The No. 9 Squadron has their own motto, “Per noctem volamus” which translates to, “Throughout the night we fly” (Crown Copyright et al.). It is clear that this motto is quite fitting to the squadron for they take part in a lot of night raids and men such as Peter are lost during these raids. Peter was buried in Brussels Town Cemetery in Belgium.

Military Service Record

  • Age (at death): 23
  • Force: Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Unit: No. 9 Squadron R.A.F.
  • Service Number: J86885
  • Honours and Awards: None
  • Photograph: Yes
  • Next of Kin (and relationship): Mr. Mike Warywoda (Father)
  • Date of Death: 23/03/1944
  • Country of Burial: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Brussels Town Cemetery
  • Grave Reference: X.17.12
  • Location: Vlaams-Brabant
  • Book of Remembrance: Page 472

Grave Reference

  • Name of Cemetery: Brussels Town Cemetery
  • Grave Reference: X.17.12

Additional information/links

external image brussels_town_ww2.jpg

A picture taken overlooking the World War II graves at Brussels Town Cemetery.

external image peenemunde-map_aug43.jpg

Targeting map in August, 1943 of Peenemunde where Peter and his crew raided in Operation Crossbow.


Peter's house.


No. 9 Squadron Badge, displaying a bat and the squadron's motto.

Avro Lancaster. The plane flew by members of the No. 9 Squadron post August 1942.


Crown Copyright, and Deltaweb International, Ltd. "No. 9 Squadron." RAF History.
N.p., 6 Apr. 2005. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <

Global Securiy, John Pike. "Peenemunde - 1943." N.p., 24
July 2011. Web. 8 May 2012. <

Canada at War. "Pilot Officer Peter Warywoda." WWII.CA. N.p., 30 Apr. 2012. Web.
28 Apr. 2012. <

Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. "Air Force Casualties." War Museum.
N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. <

Commonwealth War Graves Commission. "Casualty Details." CWGC. N.p., Mar. 2012.
Web. 29 Apr. 2012. <

Veterans Affairs Canada. "The Second World War - 1944." Veterans Affairs Canada.
N.p., 10 Nov. 2011. Web. 29 Apr. 2012. <

Cuttel, Barry. "Brussels Town Cemetery." N.p., 6 May 2012.
Web. 15 May 2012. <

Archival Reference

Military service files of Private Clarence Garfield Mainse (RG 24, Vol. 28897) obtained from Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

Internet Sites

example from LAC