FILM PREMIERE: What Happened to Sherman Peabody
January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sherman Peabody was a science major at Bishop’s University when World War II broke out. Leaving school without finishing his degree, he became a Lancaster-bomber pilot. On July 28th, 1944, while taking part in a raid on Stuttgart, his plane was shot down over eastern France by a German night fighter. Two of his crew managed to bail out. The bodies of three more crew members were found at the crash site. Peabody and the seventh crew member, James Harrington Doe, were missing and have never been found.
In 2016 the family of Sherman Peabody commissioned the History Department to find out the truth about their fate. Three undergraduate students 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, the SAS, the Gestapo’s war crimes… and to a small French village where the wartime crash of an RCAF plane still reverberates today.
This 18-minute documentary film tells their story in vivid detail. The film screening will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the researchers and film-makers, and by a reception in the Bandeen lobby.
Made for the 175th anniversary of Bishop’s, “What Happened to Sherman Peabody” is part of an ongoing series of documentaries about the university’s history based on students’ research and made by current students and recent graduates.