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Anthony ‘Tony’ Gordon Peiniger

Anthony Gordon Peiniger was the Grandson of  Rev Thomas Graham and Dorothy Elizabeth Gordon Peiniger (nee Templer)

Rank: Pilot Officer

Service No:40904

Date of Death: 11/08/1940

Age: 26

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force 217 Sqdn.

Panel Reference: Panel 8.


Additional Information: Son of Lt.-Col. Frank Peiniger, R.A., and of Margaret Peiniger (nee Renwick); husband of Margaret Elspeth Gordon-Peiniger (nee Mackenzie).

REASON FOR LOSS: Took off in an Avro Anson (serial No K8813, Code MW-V) from R.A.F. St. Eval, Cornwall for a patrol in the Catelo Branco, Portugal area; At 16.57 hrs a message received; believed to be under attack from enemy aircraft; Search initiated but sad sadly no trace of aircraft or crew were found.

An Avro Anson was considered to be a multi-role aircraft and was probably on a maritime reconnaissance operation. It was considered obsolete in a combat role and if attacked it would have been basically defenceless.