On the 26 January 1940 Hairs was posted to 501 Squadron at Tangmere. The squadron flew to France on the 10 May and on the 15th Hairs shared in probably destroying a Do 17. On the 3 June he was shot down, but fortunately not seriously hurt and two days later he rejoined the squadron at Le Mans. He stayed with the squadron throughout the Battle of Britain and claimed a Bf 109 destroyed on September 5. He was posted to 15 FTS, Kidlington on October 13 1940, as a flying instructor. He went to 2 CFS, Cranwell for an instructor?s course on February 23 1941, after which he taught at 11 FTS, Shawbury and 10 EFTS, Weston-Super-Mare before being posted to Canada in June as a EFTS flying instructor and then assistant CFI (EFTS).
Flight Lieutenant Peter Hairs MBE AE
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.