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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W A Peacock


William Albert Peacock was born on 11th June 1920 at Seaton Carew, Durham, the son of Albert and Catherine Rebecca Peacock.

He was educated at Seaton Snook School and Henry Smith Secondary School, Hartlepool. After leaving school Peacock worked as an instrument artificer.

He joined 608 Squadron, Auxiliary Air Force at Thornaby-on-Tees on 27th January 1938.



Above: prewar with 608 Squadron AAF - P/O J Lonsdale seated front left, Sgt. WA Peacock standing top left, Sgt. L Davies seated bottom right, others currently unknown.


He enlisted in the RAF on 9th June 1939 and later remustered as an Airman u/t Pilot. On 21st October he was posted to 6 EFTS Sywell for initial training, went to 8 FTS Montrose on 6th March 1940 and then to 7 OTU Hawarden on 29th June to convert to Hurricanes.



He joined 46 Squadron at Digby on 18th July. The squadron moved south to Stapleford on 1st September. On the 8th Peacock claimed a Me109 destroyed.

Three days later he failed to return from combat over the Thames Estuary in Hurricane V7232. He was presumed to have crashed into the sea and was reported 'Missing'.



Peacock is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 18.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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