On 12 5 1940 Pepper piloted Blenheim L9416 which was one of seven No.139 Sqdn Blenheims lost on this operation. Airborne 0500 from Plivot briefed to bomb and strafe troop columns advancing out of the Dutch city of Maastricht (Limburg) and advancing towards Tongeren (Limburg), Belgium. Pepper and Sergeant T.E. Hyde evaded the Germans. Aircraftman Hill was injured and confined in a hospital due to injuries.
Wing Commander Pepper was killed in September 1941, carrying out an ultra low anti shipping strike. He was killed when his Blenheim was caught in a bomb blast. He was in command of 226 Sqd.
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