From: "T.C.S. Old Boys
Published by the Old Boys Association,
Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario, June 1948
Peacock, John William Frederick (‘35-’38), was born March 9, 1920, at Montreal, Quebec. At T.C.S. he was a good student and showed much skill at games, in his final year winning first team colours in football, hockey and cricket. He was also a member of the first squash team. Because of his sound character and leadership ability he was made a Senior in 1937 and soon afterwards was appointed a Prefect. From T.C.S. he entered McGill University and was a member of the C.O.T.C., and a reserve officer in the Black Watch (R.H.R.) of Canada.
He was commissioned Pilot Officer in the radio branch of the R.C.A.F. in September 1911 and went overseas in October of the same year. He qualified for his Navigator wing while attached to the R.C.A.F., and late in 1942 began flying operationally with 409 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron. making sorties over the Continent in Boulton-Paul Defiants, Beaufighters and later Mosquitoes. He was promoted Flight Lieutenant early the following summer and began a navigation leaders course, at the conclusion of which he returned to his squadron. He was Mentioned in Despatches in the 1944 New Year’s Honours List and continued on operations until his aircraft was shot down on August 7, 1944. While patrolling over the Normandy beachhead about ten miles southeast of Bayeux, his aircraft was attacked by German fighters and he could not get clear before he crashed. At the time of his death, he was officially credited with destroying five enemy planes and with damaging a sixth.
Commander Beveridge, his Commanding Officer, wrote of his death
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