11.08.1940 No. 217 Squadron Anson I K8813 P/O. Gordon-Peiniger
Operation: Patrol S.A.12
Date: 11th August 1940 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 217 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Avro Anson I (1)
Base: RAF St. Eval, Cornwall
Location: Castelo Branco, Portugal
Pilot: P/O. Anthony Gordon-Peiniger 40904 RAF Age 26. Missing
Nav: P/O. Richard Maxwell Coulman 41557 RAF Age ? Missing
W/OP: Sgt. Eric Kendrick Mellody 969831 RAFVR Age ? Missing
W/OP: Sgt. Edgar Hopperton 625352 RAF Age 20. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from RAF St. Eval, Cornwall for a patrol at 12:15 hrs.
At 16:57 hrs a message received indicating that they required assistance. Believed to be under attack from enemy aircraft.
Blenheims from 236 Squadron were scrambled to search the last known area (2) of Anson K8813, but sadly no trace of aircraft or crew were found.
217 Squadron Anson (courtesy I.W.M)
(1) 6,688 Mk I's were built. Powered by two 350 hp (261 kW) Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah IX or 395 hp (295 kW) XIX engines.
(2) Reported to be 40'40"N, 07'35"W - approximately 4.0 km (2.5 miles) SSE of Penha Garcia, Castelo Branco, Portugal.
P/O. Anthony Gordon-Peiniger. Runnymede Memorial Panel 8. Further information: Son of Lt.-Col. Frank Peiniger, R.A., and of Margaret Peiniger (nee Renwick), husband of Margaret Elspeth Gordon-Peiniger (nee Mackenzie). Granted short service commission as Acting Pilot Officer on probation 9th July 1938 then 16 May 1939 to Pilot Officer on probation,
P/O. Richard Maxwell Coulman. Runnymede Memorial Panel 7. No further details available as yet.
Sgt. Eric Kendrick Mellody. Runnymede Memorial Panel 17. No further details available as yet.
Sgt. Edgar Hopperton. Runnymede Memorial Panel 15. Son of Christiana Sarah Jane Hopperton, of Flaxton, Yorkshire, England.
Researched for and with the assistance from Owen J. Vaughan who is compiling a database for aircrew lost from Pembrokeshire Wales. With thanks to Ross Mcneill - "Coastal Command Losses". Commonwealth Graves Commission.