Samuel Lewis Peak

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 41348 - 1st Lt. Sam Peak. Photo from Enid Airfield 1943 Yearbook.

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tingry-Abbeville 22_jun-44 in B-17 42-97084 'Spare Charlie'; direct flak KO'd #2 & #3, followed by fire and explosion, crashed two miles SE of Abbeville. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 5918

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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Units served with

The insignia of the 381st Bomb Group.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Air base

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14155942 / T-123924
  • Highest Rank: Flight Officer
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-676081
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 35547736
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: waist gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-741356
  • Highest Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Bombardier, Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-801198
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot/Co-Pilot

Aircraft

B-17 Flying Fortresses of the 381st Bomb Group fly in formation. B-17s (GD-H, serial number 42-97064) and (GD-K, serial number 42-97076) nicknamed "Dee Marie" are visible in the foreground. Image via George J Letzer. Printed caption on reverse: 'Boeing B-17G-40-BO.'
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Spare Charlie
  • Unit: 381st Bomb Group 534th Bomb Squadron

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Fort Worth, Texas 1917-05-05 Son of Samuel LaField Sr. and Elizabeth 'Betty' [Burns] Payne. Step son of Jeff Peak.

Died

Killed in action

Abbeville, France 1944-06-22 Shot down in B-17 "Spare Charlie". The plane crashed in Les Marais d'Épagnette, outside of Abbeville.

Buried

Mareuil-Caubert, France 1944-06-26 Between 24 and 26 June, Lt. Peak's body was recovered by French citizens. Lt. Peak was buried in grave 302 next to his crew members. Before his burial, Lt. Peak was identified from his clothing, which showed his name.

Buried

St. André de l'Eure, France 1945-07-07 Buried in Plot H, Row 1, Grave 14 in the temporary St. André de l'Eure cemetery. Lt. Peak was buried between crew members Allen Osterberg and Murl Simmons.

Buried

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1949-04-20 Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial Plot A, Row 4, Grave 30

Revisions

Date21 Jun 2020 20:41:53
Contributorcamillemnoel
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Update to dates

Date28 Aug 2019 19:27:35
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Update to birth place and date

Date28 Aug 2019 19:25:42
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Update to awards and service number

Date22 Apr 2019 17:55:28
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Letters, wedding certificate state middle name and nickname

Date27 Sep 2014 18:24:57
ContributorAAM
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999; MACR 5918 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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