While on patrol in August 1940, Acting Flight Lieutenant Peter Brothers' flight of eight aircraft came into contact with around 100 Luftwaffe bombers. Despite being so heavily outnumbered, Brothers did not hesitate to immediately lead in his fight against the enemy. But before he could attack, he was fired at by a number of Messerschmitts. Brothers kept his cool and turned to face them. He found himself in a stalled position and had to use all his skill to spin out of it and recover. He then sighted a Dornier 215 bomber, quickly targeted it, and shot the bomber down. Later on, during the same say, Brothers would also destroy a Messerschmitt Bf 109.
Peter Brothers was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for these actions on 13 September 1940. By the time of the Battle of Britain, Brothers was an experienced RAF pilot. His outstanding leadership skills were a huge asset during those intense months. He led by example and did all he could to boost the morale of his men and, in particular, new pilots. Later in the war he was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for these actions on 13 September 1940 DSO for his courage and brilliant leadership.