Harold Sherman Peabody
Whatever Happened to Sherman Peabody? Bishop’s, Nazis and a Strange Disappearance.
Sherman Peabody of Sherbrooke was on the Bishop’s University golf and hockey teams and a popular man on campus when World War II broke out. Leaving the school without finishing his degree, he became an RCAF Flying Officer and the pilot of a Lancaster heavy bomber.
On July 28, 1944, while taking part in a raid on Stuttgart, his plane was shot down over eastern France by a German night fighter. Two managed to parachute out, and three bodies were recovered at the crash site. That leaves two unaccounted for…
In 2016 my family specifically Jon and Robert Peck commissioned the History Department under Dr Michael Childs at Bishop’s University to find out the truth about his fate and that of his fellow crew member Flying Officer James Harrington Doe. Over the past academic year, three of our intrepid students have followed the trail of Sherman Peabody from the Old Library in McGreer, to National Archives in Ottawa, to the Public Record Office in London, to Cirey (pop. 48) in the Vosges Mountains of France. Their story connects a Bishop’s University student to Bomber Command, the French Resistance, SAS, the Gestapo’s war crimes… and the small French village of Petitmont where the wartime crash of an RCAF plane still reverberates today.
Last year at Bishop’s, Megan Whitworth and Sean Summerfield, two graduating History students, presented their findings on the mystery of Sherman Peabody’s disappearance through a slide show and talk.
Over 100 attended including Dr. Michael Childs and Principal Michael Goldbloom.
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