Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Harold Sherman Peabody

In memory of:

Flying Officer Harold Sherman Peabody

July 29, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/22396

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

622 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of Harold Albert and Helen E. Wray Peabody, of Sherbrooke, Province of Quebec, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 413 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 247.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial – Flying Officer Harold Sherman Peabody is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Flying Officer Harold Sherman Peabody is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of Harold Sherman Peabody – Pilot H. S. (Al) Peabody is flanked by fellow RCAF Flight Officers RL Fiddick (engineer, left) and JH (Harry) Doe (navigator, right).  Their Lancaster Bomber (L7576) crashed at 0130 29 July 1944 in rural eastern France subsequent to a bombing run over Stuttgart.  Three flight sergeants, A Payton, RG Prouix, and PW Buckley (not shown), were killed immediately and are interred in a local cemetary at Petitmont. A fellow RAF flight officer, GJ Wishart (not shown), was wounded and survived the war in a POW camp. Fiddick, with the aid of a local priest (Father Rohr) and members of the French underground, evaded capture and eventually returned to Canada. Peabody and Doe were caught by the Germans while walking along a road on 31 July 1944 and were never seen again.  Peabody and Doe are counted with other missing Commonwealth airmen at the Runnymede Memorial (Surrey UK), Panels 247 and 245, respectfully.
  • Memorial Entrance – Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial – Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Inscription – Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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