Peggy O’Neill was commissioned in the Royal Air Force in August 1939 and was posted to No. 224 Squadron which was a Coastal Command unit. During his time with No. 224 he flew reconnaissance missions and escort duties including the attack on Skarvanger Aerodrome and Scharnhorst.
In the Autumn of 1940 he was made Instructor in Oxfords and Paratroop Training in Whitleys. After some further postings O’Neill joined 238 Squadron in May 1941 flying Hurricanes. The squadron was transferred to Egypt where he made several claims against BF 109's and He 111's.
Mid January 1943 he was stationed at Malta and attached to 1435 Fighter Squadron. The Squadron flew specially adapted Spitfires carrying two 250 lb bombs mounted on wing-racks. O'Neill flew several attacks such as a bombing attack on Syracuse on April 4th, 1943. In June 1943 sorties undertaken included more bombing raids over Sicily prior to the invasion of the island.
O'Neill was posted to the UK in October 1943 where he was stationd at the Air Staff of Headquarters 9 Group, Fighter Command for the next year, although he flew some operational sorties in August and September 1944 against targets in Holland.
He was appointed as CO of No. 322 Fighter (Dutch) Squadron in November 1944 initially flying out of Biggin Hill but later from Woensdrecht in Holland.
Peggy O'Neill remained in the RAF after the war and retired form the Service in March 1966.
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