The son of Peter and Florence MacDougall, Cadet Peter Aitken MacDougall was promoted to temp. 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 15 June 1917. Posted to 24 Squadron, he scored 1 victory flying the D.H.5 and 6 victories flying the S.E.5a. He was wounded in action on 12 March 1918.
Appears as Peter Aitken McDougall in some sources. 1901 residence, Lerwick; home at enlistment, Scalloway, Shetland Islands.
FIRST WAR FLIER
DIES IN CAPE TOWN
The death took place in Cape Town, South Africa, a fortnight ago of Mr Peter Aitken (Pat) MacDougall, M.C., only son of the later Major and Mrs Peter MacDougall, Scalloway Schoolhouse. Aged 57 years, he had been retired for four years.
He was born in Lerwick, where his father taught in the Central School, and when he left school he joined the staff of the Union Bank of Scotland. In 1917 he joined the staff of the Royal Flying Corps, in which he became a Lieutenant. In France he served with distinction, and was awarded the M.C. for shooting down seven German aircraft and silencing a gun battery single-handed. Twice he was wounded.
After the war, he entered the service of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank in London, before being sent to the bank’s branches in China, Thailand, the Malay States, and Ceylon. On his retiral he decided to settle in Cape Town.
Mr MacDougall is survived by his wife (formerly Miss Pegeen Mary Hunt), a daughter, and a sister, Mrs Alex Cromarty, Lochend House.
The Shetland Times, Lerwick, Shetland, Friday, 2 Sep 1955
Military Cross (MC)
T./2nd Lt. Peter Aitken Macdougall, Gen. List and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He always showed great initiative and skill in attacking enemy aircraft, and drove down or destroyed several enemy machines. On one occasion while on patrol he encountered three enemy two-seater machines, and, though his engine was giving trouble, ne attacked them single-handed and drove one of them down out of control, having shot the observer. On another occasion, after driving down an enemy machine, he attacked and silenced a battery of six guns which were firing on our machines. His example of pluck and determination was of the utmost value to the squadron