Eric Gade Petersen is born on 10 August 1920 in Copenhagen.
He enlists for the Royal Australian Air Force on 18 July 1942 in Sydney. He is discharged on 12 March 1946 at which point he is attached to No. 14 Aircrew Holding Unit holding the rank of Warrant Officer. He is listed in the Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1954 from 1943. 
- www.ww2roll.gov.au; www.naa.gov.au
- Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1954