07/21/2005. Remarks by Dan Hagedorn, NASM,
in response to our inquiries about the origination of
"Peter" on the tail: "We have received the thread of
messages that originated with the National Museum of the USAF
display relating to the Brewster XA-32A, and which
was forwarded to us via our Public Affairs/Communications Office.
have a very high-quality original of the image in question which, you
may be interested to know, was taken August 15, 1944. However, aside
from this, a search of our files and photo resources did not reveal
any suggestion of why the name Peter had been rather crudely scrawled
across the leading edge of the vertical fin of the aircraft.
examined a number of test reports and engineering documents, and
found no officer or engineer associated with the project identified
in any of them with that given name.
Although purely speculation, it
may be that the name was applied by the photographer for reasons that
are now lost to us." View also photo 6758.