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    Hello all,

    I am looking for info on the military career of S/L Michael F. Peacock DFC. He belonged to 601 Squadron and became CO of 85 Squadron on 20 May 40, the very same day he was shot down and died.

    Why was he awarded the DFC? Anything to do with the 601 Squadron raid on Borkum in November 1939..?

    Any data in wellcome. Thanks in advance.

    Best regards,
    Rob

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    Hello Rob,

    Not quite your London Gazette citation, but...

    Darkness was falling as the Blenheims emerged from a rainstorm on to their target. The Germans were taken completely by surprise and resistance was slight. Coastal patrol boats and light flak emplacements opened up, hurling balls of coloured tracer into the sky as the aircraft raced at full throttle below the level of the hangars and cranes. Bullets from their nose guns scribbled patterns in the water of the harbour and straddled seaplanes in the slipways as figures in blue Jerseys rushed to man the machine-guns on the hangar roofs. Peacock flew through a gap in the mole and fired, as he later claimed, upon a "man in a bowler hat who must have been the German equivalent of a works and bricks foreman". The man was running across a hangar roof from which, after stopping to retrieve his "bowler hat", he was blasted by the rake of Peacock's fire...

    Though of minor consequence in those early days of the war and now forgotten, the Borkum raid was not only the first operation of the Legion, but it was also the first time that British fighters had crossed German territory. It also won for 601 its first war-time decoration, although Flight-Lieutenant Michael Peacock always claimed that he won the Distinguished Flying Cross for being the only pilot out of the twelve to pick off the man with the bowler hat.

    See:
    The Flying Sword:The Story of 601 Squadron.
    Moulson,Tom.
    London:Macdonald,1964
    pp.65-6

    Col.

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    Hello Col Bruggy,

    Thank you for your answer and info. Does the book on 601 Squadron give more details on Peacock's career? I am glad to learn.

    Best regards,
    Rob

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    Hello Rob,

    Yes, Peacock is mentioned throughout the early part of the book. Afraid I don't have a scanner, or access to one. Try and obtain a copy through an Inter-Library loan.

    Col.

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