The Late Peter Giddens
The excellent Material was donated by Peter's son John. Who, at the time, was a private pilot flying from Seletar airfield with the Republic of Singapore Flying Club and had been living at 14/16 Sussex Gardens since 1997.
Peter Giddens served at Seletar with the RAF from 30th Dec 1951 to 4th June 1954 . At that time he was a Pilot Officer and later Flight Lieutenant with No 81 (PR) Squadron flying initially Spitfire Mk XIX and Mk XVIII. The squadron converted to Meteors in August 1953 and sold the Spitfires to the Royal Thai Air Force including the last remaining operational RAF Spitfire PS888. He eventually served more than 30 years in the RAF, finally retiring as a Wg. Cdr in 1980.
Peter passed away in 2001, but in his retirement he visited Johns family several times in Singapore, explored the new Seletar and told then his stories of life and flying here in the 1950s. After he died John inherited his Flying Log Books and a fairly huge collection of photographs which he now keep as much treasured family heirlooms. Peter wrote his memoirs (never published!) in the form of lots of short stories about different periods of his life, much of it about the RAF.