Sergeant Donald Victor Peacock

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  • Date of Birth - 1915
  • Died - 21/08/1939
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Source: Leicestershire War Memorials Project.
Coalville Times Article - Friday August 25th, 1939

Hinckley R.A.F. Pilot Killed

Fighter Crashes in Mist in Yorkshire

Sergt. Donald Victor Peacock, R.A.F., was killed on Monday when his machine, a Supermarine Spitfire, crashed in a field at Hooton Roberts, near Rotherham.

Sergt. Peacock, who lived in Leicester Road, Hinckley, was apparently attempting to make a forced landing when the plane fell near a farmhouse. Help was quickly at hand, but Peacock had been killed instantly. Eye-witnesses said the plane emerged from the mist, narrowly missed farm buildings and nose-dived into the ground.

Coalville Times Article - Friday September 1st, 1939

Funeral Of A Hinckley Airman

Sergeant-Pilot Donald Peacock, of Hinckley, who was killed in an aeroplane crash on Monday, was buried at Hinckley on Friday. Thousands gathered on the route of the funeral procession.

The coffin, covered with the Union Jack, was borne on a R.A.F. wagon and R.A.F. men formed a guard of honour at the church. Fifty Hinckley firemen followed the procession to the graveside, where a volley was fired by men of the Royal Air Force.

Research undertaken and submitted by Andy Murby, 7/5/2019

Leicestershire Project Findings
  • Conflict - World War II
  • Cause of death - Plane Crash
  • Place of death - Hooton Roberts, Rotherham
  • Burial Place - Hinckley, Leicestershire
  • Birth Place - Hinckley, Leicestershire

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