COOK, FS (now P/O) Benjamin (R80203/J16158) - Distinguished Flying Medal - No.97 Squadron - Award effective 2 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 12 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943.  Born 17 May 1919.  Home in Arden, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 7 November 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 26 February 1941), No.3 or 5 BGS (graduated 8 July 1941), No.5 AOS (graduated 22 May 1941, and No.1 CNS.  Embarked from Canada, 5 August 1941; arrived in Britain, 23 August 1941. Commissioned 8 October 1942; repatriated to Canada, 25 March 1943 when posted to No.3 BGS. Invested with award 5 May 1944.

 

This airman has participated in numerous operational sorties against enemy targets, including nearly all the most heavily defended centres in Germany and Italy.  He also took part in the daylight raid on Le Creusot.  Throughout, Flight Sergeant Cook has set and maintained a high standard of courage and navigational skill which has been a fine example to others.

 

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COOK, G/C Clarence Arthur (C1388) -  Officer, Order of the British Empire - AFHQ - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/45 dated 25 January 1946.  Born 20 November 1907 in Saskatoon; enlisted there 8 November 1939.  Aeronautical Engineer.  Retired from RCAF on 25 October 1945; recalled to service, 19 May 1946.  Reverted to Wing Commander, 1 October 1946; promoted Group Captain, 1 June 1947 and Air Commodore, 1 January 1952. Invested with award 10 December 1947.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 as a staff officer, Air Materiel Command Headquarters.  Promoted Air Vice-Marshal shortly before he died, 24 July 1957.

 

This officer served with distinction in the British Isles during the Battle of Britain. Since that time he has held a number of important positions including that of Senior Aeronautical Engineering Officer at a Training Command Headquarters, which he filled most capably, accomplishing the elimination of many faults in training aircraft.  For the past six months he has been the Aeronautical Engineering representative on the Travelling Establishments and Organization Committee, which position he has filled in a very able manner.  Group Captain Cook has at all times given a high standard of leadership and his outstanding ideals and devotion to duty have constantly served as an example to all with whom he has come in contact.

 

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COOK, F/O Clifford Tiffany (J20971) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 4 November 1944 as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944 and AFRO 239/45 dated 9 February 1945.  Born 2 May 1920; home in Welland, Ontario; enlisted Toronto, 3 November 1941.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 November 1942) and No.1 AOS (graduated 28 November 1942).  To "Y" Depot, Halifax for overseas posting, 4 December 1942; taken on strength overseas, 13 December 1942; repatriated to Canada, 27 November 1944; released 2 January 1945. Died in North York, Ontario, 30 August 1998.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.1730 (RG.24 Vol.20607) has recommendation dated 23 August 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (198 hours 55 minutes) in tour from 15 February to 12 August 1944.

 

Flying Officer Cook as navigator in Flight Lieutenant Walker's crew, displayed throughout his tour of operations most skilful navigation and resourcefulness in action.  His ability to make instant decisions in emergency, his full and complete use of all navigational aids and his cheerful courage under the stress of operations were highly instrumental in the many successful sorties carried out by this crew.  In recognition of this officer's fine record of achievement, his outstanding ability and strong sense of duty, it is strongly recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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COOK, F/O Clyde Homer Edward (J16670) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 8 June 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1729/44 dated 11 August 1944.  Born 4 December 1915. American in the RCAF; home in Baldwinsville, New York; enlisted Kingston, Ontario, 17 October 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 8 December 1940), No.10 EFTS (graduated 28 January 1941) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 10 April 1941).  Posted overseas, April 1941; commissioned 7 December 1942; promoted Flying Officer, 7 June 1943; repatriated to Canada, 4 July 1944; returned to Britain, 22 September 1944; promoted Flight Lieutenant, 7 October 1944; repatriated 22 December 1945; released 11 January 1946.  No citation in AFRO.

 

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COOK, Corporal Douglas Hunter (R147313) - Mention in Despatches - Tholthorpe (AFRO gives unit as No.62 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  Born 10 April 1914. Home in Flin Flon, Manitoba.  Enlisted 18 December 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.1719 (RG.24 Vol.20606) has recommendation forwarded to No.6 Group HQ, 15 August 1944 when he had served 26 months in Canada, five months overseas.  Armourer (Bombs).  NOTE: Recommendation gives name as Donald Hunter but DHist microfilm confirms name as Douglas Hunter.

 

Corporal Cook is an armourer employed in the Station Bomb Dump.  In addition to being a skilled armourer, his ability in working with power-operated bomb handling equipment makes him a most valuable bomb dump NCO.  Corporal Cook's ability and leadership even under the most trying circumstances have made him outstanding among his comrades.  During recent months his duties have been most onerous; nevertheless he has consistently applied himself with great vigour and skill in carrying out his allotted tasks.  By his devotion to duty and enthusiasm for the work he has set a high example for those under him.

 

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COOK, P/O Douglas Tasker (J18875) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.419 Squadron - Award effective 16 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1296/44 dated 16 June 1944.  Home in Kelowna, British Columbia; enlisted Vancouver, 4 November 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 8 May 1942), No.16 EFTS (graduated 1 August 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 20 November 1942).  Invested with award by King George 11 August 1944.

 

This officer has completed a large number of sorties, involving attacks on a wide range of heavily defended targets in Germany.  He has invariably displayed a high degree of skill and courage and his determination to make every sortie a success has won high praise.

 

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COOK, F/L Eugene Thompson (J12958) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.156 Squadron - Award effective 15 March 1945 as per London Gazette dated 23 March 1945 and AFRO 721/45 dated 27 April 1945.  Home in Calgary; enlisted Edmonton, 16 July 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 2 January 1942), No.2 AOS (graduated 11 April 1942), No.8 BGS (graduated 6 June 1942) and No.1 ANS (graduated 20 July 1942).  Invested with award 9 July 1949.  No citation other than "completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/9051 has recommendation dated 19 December 1944 when he had flown 37 sorties (154 hours 15 minutes), 15 March to 12 December 1944.

 

15 Mar 44      Stuttgaart                               3 Aug 44        Bois de Cassan

18 Mar 44      Frankfort                                 4 Aug 44        Drossy

11 Apr 44       Aachen                                   16 Aug 44      Kiel

22 Apr 44       Dusseldorf                             29 Aug 44      Stettin

24 Apr 44       Karlsruhe                                3 Sept 44       Eindhoven

26 Apr 44       Essen                                     11 Sep 44      Gelsenkirchen

27 Apr 44       Friedrichshafen                     15 Sep 44      Kiel

6 June 44       Longues                                 17 Sep 44      Boulogne

8 June 44       Foret de Cerisy                     20 Sep 44      Calais

9 June 44       Fougeres                               25 Sep 44      Calais

15 Jun 44       St.Pol                                      7 Oct 44         Cleve

18 Jun 44       Montdidier                              19 Oct 44       Stuttgart

2 July 44         Cisemont Nuville                   25 Oct 44       Essen

10 Jul 44        Nuport                                     28 Oct 44       Cologne

12 Jul 44        Rollez                                      2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf

22 Jul 44        Coulon Villiers                       6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen

23 Jul 44        Foret du Croc                        21 Nov 44      Ashaffenburg

27 Jul 44        Chateau Bernapre                12 Dec 44      Essen

30 Jul 44        Battle area

Flight Lieutenant Cook has completed 37 operational sorties, all of which have been Marker sorties in the Pathfinder Force.  Many of the sorties have been on heavily defended German targets.

 

This officer is a sound and reliable navigator who has always carried out his work with zeal and determination.  He has taken part in Master Bomber and long stop missions, and has displayed great keenness and courage in this operational work.  Beneath a quiet and  unassuming manner he has plenty of grit and a commendable zest for operations.

 

He has displayed loyalty and devotion to duty of a high order, and I recommend him for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

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COOK, F/L (now S/L) Garrett Munro (C1059) - Air Force Cross - No.116 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 55/43 dated 15 January 1943 - Born in Chilliwack, British Columbia, 18 May 1919.  Enlisted at Vancouver, 9 September 1939.  Invested with award 16 April 1943.  The following citation found in Governor General's Records, RG.7 Group 26, Volume 57, file for 1943.

 

The zeal, determination and devotion to duty of this officer are of a highly commendable nature and have been an inspiration to all members of the squadron.  He has 1,550 flying hours to his credit, 850 hours of which were on operational flights covering many hazardous sorties on coastal reconnaissance and anti-submarine patrol.

 

COOK, W/C Garrett Munro, AFC (C1059) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.11 Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 6 January 1945 as per London Gazette dated 13 March 1945 and AFRO 132/45 dated 20 January 1945.  As of recommendation (12 August 1944) he had flown 2,340 hours - 1,293 hours operational (192 sorties).  Postwar TCA pilot.  Award sent by registered mail.

 

This officer has set a splendid record during a long tour on anti-submarine operations in the North Atlantic area.  The leadership that he has displayed as a squadron commander has been outstanding.  His exceptional enthusiasm has been an inspiration to other aircrew and the continuously skilful and efficient manner in which he carries out his duties have done much to maintain a high standard of morale and efficiency in his squadron.

 

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COOK, P/O Gordon Frederick (J15315) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron (deceased) - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Home in Montreal; enlisted there.  Trained at No.1 ITS and No.2 WS.  Graduated from No.3 BGS, Macdonald, Man., 14 April 1941.  Killed in action, 15 May 1942.  Name on Runneymede Memorial.  DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for DFM dated 4 March 1942 for himself, Flight Sergeant R.J. Majeau and Sergeant J.A. Richard.

 

On the 12th February, 1942, Flight Sergeant Majeau with his crew, Sergeant Cook and Sergeant Richard, were despatched to attack an enemy force proceeding through the English Channel northwards up the enemy coast.  Upon approaching the target the aircraft was attacked by three Me.110s.  While the gunners engaged the attacking aircraft the pilot and observer went into the attack on the largest ship which was probably the Scharnhorst.  The aircraft was hit by cannon shell and machine gun fire from the attacking aircraft and the nose of the aircraft was sprayed with shrapnel from anti-aircraft fire from the ship.  The attack was made from 1,500 feet but the bombs hung up because the bomb doors were hit by a cannon shell at the moment of release.  The pilot did not realize that his bombs had not gone off until he had returned part way back to base and they had driven off the attacking aircraft.  By this time the rudder was jammed and the pilot had to jettison his bombs.  The pilot then made a safe landing at his base.

 

Flight Sergeant Majeau has flown 83 operational hours in 24 flights.  He has previously attacked four merchant vessels, one of which was damaged.  No claim was made for the other three.

 

Sergeant Richard and Sergeant Cook have previously flown 81 operational hours during which time three merchant vessels have been attacked.  One of these, a vessel of 3,000 tons, was damaged.

 

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COOK, F/O Gordon Rees (J38584) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Born 9 September 1919.  Home in Victoria; enlisted Vancouver 26 October 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 23 December 1940), No.16 EFTS (graduated 21 February 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 28 May 1941).  To No.11 (BR) Squadron, 25 April 1942; almost continuous service in that unit until 17 February 1945.  Released 8 November 1945; died 21 March 1968.  NOTE: Name given as Gordon Ross Cook in AFRO; DHist microfilm gives it as Gordon Rees.

 

This officer has completed hundreds of operational hours as captain of aircraft.  At all times he has displayed outstanding skill and determination which are worthy of the highest praise.  His courage, leadership and devotion to duty have set an example and inspiration to his crew and have aided greatly in maintaining the high morale of his squadron.

 

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COOK, WO1 Harold Lambert (R131002) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  Home in Medicine Hat, Alberta; enlisted Hamilton, 3 August 1941.  Trained at No.4 WS (graduated 28 September 1942) and No.3 BGS 26 October 1942).

 

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COOK, FS Harold Leonard (Can 4399A) - Mention in Despatches - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in St.Vital, Manitoba; enlisted in Winnipeg, 31 August 1939.

 

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COOK, P/O Harry Robert (J17563) - Mention in Despatches - No.82 Operational Training Unit - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 874/44 dated 21 April 1944.  Home in Abbotsford, British Columbia; enlisted Regina, 11 June 1941.  Trained at No.8 BGS (graduated 30 March 1942) and No.2 WS (graduated 2 March 1942). 

 

COOK, F/O Harry Robert (J17563) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 11 April 1944 as per London Gazette dated 21 April 1944 and AFRO 1075/44 dated 19 May 1944.  Award sent by registered mail.  No citation other than "...completed...many successful operations against the enemy in which [he has] displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty."

 

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COOK, S/L John Arthur (J9352) - Air Force Cross - Communications Squadron, SEAC - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1219/45 dated 27 July 1945.  Born in Canora, Saskatchewan, 6 October 1912.  Schooling in Alberta where he was eight years a clerk and salesman.  Home in Calgary, Alberta; enlisted there 16 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 5 August 1941), No.5 EFTS (graduated 25 September 1941) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 19 December 1941).  Overseas, 9 July 1942.  Public Records Office Air 2/8771 has citation drafted when he had flown 616 hours, 343 in previous six months.  Award sent by registered mail 15 June 1954.

 

Squadron Leader Cook has been employed as personal pilot to the Supreme Allied Commander and, in this capacity, he has flown the Supreme Allied Commander and important members of his Staffs all round India and the forward areas of the Burma-India theatre of operations, in addition to several flights to and from the United Kingdom.  Squadron Leader Cook has at all times displayed great skill and resource.  In the course of many flights by night and day, often in adverse weather, he has never failed to fly his passengers safely and punctually to their destinations.

 

Report of accident to Dakota FZ594, "H", 29 April 1944, pilot F/L J.A. Cook with F/O D.A. Briscoe (navigator, RCAF), P/O L. Ethier (1st Wireless Operator, RCAF), P/O J.A. Harrower (role not identified, possibly a passenger, RCAF) and Sergeant C. Cooper (2nd Wireless Operator, RAF):

 

On approaching the Imphal aerodrome at approximately 0813 hours I noticed from the ground signals that the new Kutcha strip was in use instead of the all-weather strip.

 

After circling the aerodrome to lose height, made a normal circuit and came in to land.  My approach was high owing to the hills back from the Eastern end of the runway, but seemed quite safe and normal for that type of strip.  My first inclination that we were overshooting was when the aeroplane seemed to float a long time on hold off.  My airspeed at the time of starting hold off was 95 m.p.h.

 

When the aeroplane was still floating after what seemed too long a time, my inclination was to go round again but by this time the trees and telegraph wires just beyond the end of the runway looked too high to clear with wheels and flaps down and a load on board.

 

I still though there was room to stop, so touched down and braked heavily.  The brakes did not seem to grip well on that surface and we were slow losing speed.  We crossed the road at the end of the runway and the wheels caught in the deep drainage trench just beyond, breaking the oleo legs and we skidded to a stop.

 

On getting out of the aircraft I found that the wind, which was rather gusty and veering, was at the moment of touch down a tail wind....

 

F/O Briscoe was sitting in the 2nd pilot's seat and sustained no injuries.  P/O Ethier was sitting in the Wireless Operator's seat and on impact, when the load came forward, must have been thrown forward into the alleyway and sustained a fractured leg near the ankle.  Sergeant Cooper was sitting in the Navigator's compartment and his injuries consisted of a slight cut on the forehead and a little scraped skin on each though.  My own injuries were a slight cut on the top of the head requiring two stitches.

 

Before returning to base in another aircraft we striped FZ594 of practically all instruments and the radio set and brought them back with us.

 

The Wing Commander in charge of No.194 Squadron, assessing the accident,  wrote:

 

Owing to the nature of the "Kutcha" strip at Imphal it makes it impossible for a loaded Dakota pilot to correct any mistake by going round again if his first attempt has been unsuccessful as he would hit telegraph lines and trees at the end of the strip.  The strip is only being used as an operational emergency and I do not think that a pilot can be blamed for any accident occurring on it.

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COOK, F/O Orlando (J37165) - Mention in Despatches - No.424 Squadron - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1478/45 dated 21 September 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted Hamilton, 11 August 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 March 1943) and No.10 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Unit not identified in AFRO, which says only "Overseas".  Evader; see The RCAF Overseas: The Sixth Year, p. 56.  See also DHist file 181.009 D.1725 (PAC RG.24 Box 2067) which gives unit as No.426 Squadron and adds the intriguing remark that the MiD was the result of a down-graded MC !

 

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COOK, F/L Robert Geoffrey (J6276) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.420 Squadron - Award effective 3 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1943 and AFRO 1294/43 dated 9 July 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 20 September 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 20 February 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 23 April 1943), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 14 July 1941).  Killed in action with No.431 Squadron, 3/4 December 1943 (Squadron Leader rank) in Halifax LK898); buried in Germany.  Award sent by registered mail to next-of-kin, 29 December 1944.

 

Flight Lieutenant Cook, during his tour of operations, has completed his duties in a courageous and skilful manner.  His efficiency and determination have resulted in the production of many fine photographs which have given convincing proof of his keenness to press home his attack at every opportunity.  He has attacked many difficult and dangerous targets such as Bremen, Cologne and Turin and has also completed several hazardous mine-laying sorties.  His courage and devotion to duty on all occasions have been most praiseworthy.

 

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COOK, F/O Walter Le Roy (J86874) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.626 Squadron - Award effective 5 February 1945 as per London Gazette dated 20 February 1945 and AFRO 563/45 dated 29 March 1945.  Home in Leamington, Ontario; enlisted Toronto 12 June 1942.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 18 December 1942), No.7 EFTS (graduated 19 March 1943) and No.6 SFTS (graduated 23 July 1943).  Killed in action with this unit, 4/5 November 1944 (Lancaster LM290); buried in Belgium.  Invested with award to next-of-kin, 9 December 1947.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Record Office Air 2/8830 has recommendation dated 1 November 1944 when he had flown 26 sorties (121 hours 50 minutes), 18 July to 31 October 1944).

 

18 Jul 44        Scholven                                     10 Sep 44      Le Havre

20 Jul 44        Courtrai                                       12 Sep 44      Franfurt

23 Jul 44        Kiel                                              16 Sep 44      GARDENING (Danzig)

24 Jul 44        Stuttgart                                      17 Sep 44      Westkapelle

31 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe                        20 Sep 44    Calais

4 Aug 44        Paulliac                                       23 Sep 44      Neuss

7 Aug 44        Fontenay le Marmion                 26 Sep 44      Calais

10 Aug 44      Ferme du Forestel                     14 Oct 44       Duisburg (day)

14 Aug 44      Falaise                                        14 Oct 44       Duisburg (night)

15 Aug 44      Volkel                                          23 Oct 44       Essen

18 Aug 44      Ghent                                           25 Oct 44       Essen

3 Sept 44       Eindhoven                                   29 Oct 44       Domburg

6 Sept 44       Le Havre                                     31 Oct 44       Cologne

 

Flying Officer Cook, a Canadian, has now completed 26 operational sorties against the enemy, including such important targets as Kiel, Essen and Duisburg.

 

Under a calm and quiet manner [he] has a fine offensive spirit which has been an inspiration to his crew.  By setting his mind and energies on the task in hand, and with complete disregard for his own safety, he has pressed home each attack with determination.

 

His personal example to his crew has welded them into a fine aggressive team and his skilful pilotage has given them a strong confidence at all times.

 

I recommend, in recognition of his powers of leadership and for his fine record and devotion to duty, that Flying Officer Cook be rewarded by the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

 

 

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COOK, F/O William Francis (J16201) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.421 Squadron - Award effective 18 December 1944 as per London Gazette dated 29 December 1944 and AFRO 379/45 dated 2 March 1945.  Home in Clinton, Ontario; enlisted London, Ontario, 15 March 1941. Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 6 June 1941), No.19 EFTS (graduated 8 August 1941) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 24 October 1941).  Promoted to Flight Sergeant, 24 April 1942; to WO2, 24 October 1942; commissioned as Pilot Officer, 22 November 1942; Flying Officer, 22 May 1943; Flightt Lieutenant, 22 Noovember 1944.  Arrived in UK, 23 November 1941.  Posted to No.56 OTU (10 February to 21 April 1942).  To No.421 Squadron, 21 April 1942; shot down by flak, 3 October 1943.  Evaded capture and reached Gibralter, 13 November 1943; returned to UK, 16 November 1943.  Leave in Canada, 4 December 1943 to 21 Januaty 1944.  Returned to Britain, 30 Janiary 1944.  Served again with No.421 Squadron, 10 February to 13 October 1944.  To Britain on the latter date; to Canada 15 November 1944; released 15 March 1945.  Aerial victories as follows: 26 August 1943, one Bf.109 destroyed, Caen (shared with three others); 3 October 1943, one FW.190 destroyed, Roye/Amy (shared with another pilot); 15 June 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed, Caen; 25 July 1944, one Bf.109 destroyed southeast of Ronen plus one Bf.109 damaged; 2 October 1944, one Bf.109 damaged north of Arnhem.

 

Flying Officer Cook has completed two tours of operations.  In October 1942 he was shot down.  Since D-Day he has destroyed at least three enemy aircraft and damaged a further three.  Flying Officer Cook has displayed admirable initiative, cool courage and consistent determination and devotion to duty during both his tours.

 

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COOK, Sergeant William Harold (R68056) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1600/45 dated 12 October 1945.  Home in Calgary; enlisted London, Ontario, 19 June 1940. 

 

COOK, Sergeant William Harold (R68056) - Mention in Despatches - Middleton St.George - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  AFRO gives "Overseas" as unit.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation for a BEM dated 23 May 1945 which also identifies unit.  NCO in charge of "A" Flight, No.428 Squadron.

 

This Non-Commissioned Officer has been with this unit for the past two years and during that time has set up an outstanding record of leadership, reliability and devotion to duty.  As NCO in charge of "A" Flight, 428 Squadron, for many months, he has worked with unceasing energy and persistence and is largely responsible for the high record of serviceability in that section.  He has faced and surmounted the many difficulties connected with the servicing of aircraft with high purpose and resolve, giving unstintingly of his leisure hours and high technical skill in the common cause of putting as many aircraft in the air against the enemy as possible.  He has at all times placed his own personal feelings and aspirations second to the larger tasks at hand.

 

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COOKE, F/L Arthur Grenfell (J85106) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.77 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 24 January 1942.  Trained at No.7 ITS (graduated 10 October 1942), No.19 EFTS (graduated 27 December 1942) and No.10 SFTS (graduated 30 April 1943).  Invested with award 18 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8750 has recommendation dated 7 April 1945 when he had flown 37 sorties (196 hours 51 minutes), 1 July 1944 to 15 March 1945.

 

1 July 44         St.Martin (3.49)                        5 Dec 44        Soest (6.20)

25 Jul 44        Wanne Eickel (4.40)               6 Dec 44        Osnabruck (6.00)

28 Jul 44        Foret de Nieppe                      12 Dec 44      Essen (5.25)

(3.45)                                        21 Dec 44      Cologne (5.45)

8 Aug 44        Chapelle Notre Dame             28 Dec 44      Gladbach, DNCO

(3.45)                                        13 Jan 45       Saarbrucken (6.50)

11 Aug 44      Somain (4.15)                          22 Jan 45       Gelsenkirchen (5.30)

12 Aug 44      Russelsheim (6.00)                 2 Feb 45        Wanne Eickel (5.10)

15 Aug 44      Eindhoven (3.40)                     15 Feb 45      GARDENING, Norwegian

18 Aug 44      Sterkrade (4.30)                                              waters (6.45)

24 Aug 44      Brest (5.05)                              20 Feb 45      Reisholz (7.15)

15 Sep 44      Kiel (5.45)                                 21 Feb 45      Worms (6.45)

20 Sep 44      Calais (3.25)                            23 Feb 45      Essen (5.20)

6 Oct 44         Gladbach (3.25)                       24 Feb 45      Kamen (5.50)

7 Oct 44         Cleve (4.00)                             3 Mar 45         Kamen (7.15)

30 Oct 44       Cologne (5.50)                         5 Mar 45         Chemnitz (8.20)

31 Oct 44       Cologne (5.05)                         8 Mar 45         GARDENING, Hamburg

2 Nov 44         Dusseldorf (5.10)                                             (5.45)

4 Nov 44         Bochum (4.45)                         12 Mar 45      Dortmund (5.51)

6 Nov 44         Gelsenkirchen (4.20)               13 Mar 45      Wuppertal (5.18)

16 Nov 44      Julich (4.20)                              15 Mar 45      Matthias Stinnes (5.08)

 

 

Flight Lieutenant Cooke has finished his first operational tour throughout which he has displayed the utmost vigour, courage and determination in his attacks on heavily defended targets, worthy of the best traditions of the service.

 

Possessing a keen sense of duty, this officer inspires confidence by his ready willingness to accept responsibility.  In action against the enemy, and by his excellent offensive spirit, he has shown himself to be a skilful and determined captain of aircraft, inspiring his crew to press home attacks in the face of the toughest opposition.  The result has been an excellent photographic record showing many aiming points.

 

I strongly recommend that Flying Officer Cooke's sustained and devoted operational endeavour be recognized by an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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COOKE, S/L Frederick George (C2882) - Air Force Cross - No.2 Air Command Headquarters - Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.  Born at Beamsville, Ontario, 18 May 1914; educated there and University of Toronto.  Mine surveyor with Falcolnbridge Nickle Mines.  Enlisted in North Bay, Ontario, 4 October 1940.  As of award had flown 358 hours.  Invested with award 24 May 1946.

 

This officer's untiring efforts and devotion to duty have made a substantial contribution to the standard of navigation training in his Command.  Over a long period of time he has worked conscientiously and capably to better his knowledge and to be of greater value to the service.  His efforts and example are most praiseworthy and have been an example to all who have worked with him.

 

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COOKE, FS Jackson Chartis (R173576) - Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying) - No.103 Squadron - Award effective 2 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 471/45 dated 16 March 1945. Home in Oakville, Ontario; enlisted Hamailton, 6 July 1942.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 3 April 1943), No.13 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1943) and No.17 SFTS (graduated 17 September 1943).  Killed in action 29 November 1944 with this unit (Lancaaster PB465); buried in Germany.  Medal presented to next-of-kin, 10 December 1947.

 

One night in October 1944, this airman was captain and pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack Cologne.  Whilst over the target considerable anti-aircraft fire was encountered.  Just as the bombs were released the aircraft was struck by high explosive shells.  Much damage was sustained.  The starboard rudder controls were severed.  The petrol tanks were badly pierced and the contents streamed out.  Within ten minutes the petrol supply became practically exhausted.  By now Flight Sergeant Cooke had reached friendly territory.  He thereupon instructed the crew to leave the aircraft by parachute.  As he prepared to leave himself, Flight Sergeant Cooke saw that one of his comrades still remained in the aircraft, having accidentally released his parachute inside the fuselage.  Height was being rapidly lost.  Nevertheless, Flight Sergeant Cooke was determined not to leave his crew member and promptly returned to the controls and attempted to effect a crash landing in a field.  During his approach, with undercarriage and flaps retracted, two engines failed.  Coolly and skilfully, however, this intrepid pilot achieved his purpose and effected a landing, incurring little further damage to the aircraft in his effort.  This airman set a magnificent example of skill, courage and captaincy in most difficult and dangerous circumstances.

 

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COOKE, F/L James Geddes Robertson (J36361) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.101 Squadron - Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated 21 September 1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9 November 1945.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 19 August 1942. Trained at No.6 ITS (graduated 17 April 1943), No.9 EFTS (graduated 12 June 1943) and No.2 SFTS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  Public Records Office Air 2/8749 has recommendation dated 13 April 1945 when he had flown 35 sorties (236 hours 50 minutes), 11 November 1944 to 4 April 1945.

16 Nov 44      Dortmund                                    2 Feb 45        Wiesbaden

16 Nov 44      Duren                                          7 Feb 45        Cleve

18 Nov 44      Wanne Eickel                             13 Feb 45      Dresden

21 Nov 44      Aschaffenburg                            14 Feb 45      Chemnitz

28 Nov 44      Fierburg                                      1 Mar 45         Mannheim

29 Nov 44      Neuss                                          5 Mar 45         Chemnitz

30 Nov 44      Duisburg                                     8 Mar 45         Kassel

4 Dec 44        Karlsruhe                                    11 Mar 45      Essen

6 Dec 44        Merseburg                                  13 Mar 45      Gelsenkirchen

12 Dec 44      Essen                                          15 Mar 45      Misburg

16 Dec 44      Ludwigshaven                            16 Mar 45      Nuremburg

18 Dec 44      Ulm                                              18 Mar 45      Hanau

26 Dec 44      St.Vith                                         21 Mar 45      Duisburg

27 Dec 44      Koblenz                                       22 Mar 45      Bruchstrasse

29 Dec 44      Beur                                             23 Mar 45      Bremen

2 Jan 45         Nuremburg                                  3 Apr 45         Nordhausen

16 Jan 45       Zeitz                                             4 Apr 45         Lutzkendorf

28 Jan 45       Stuttgart

 

Flight Lieutenant Cooke, a Canadian, and an extremely successful pilot of proved ability, has completed a highly successful tour of thirty-five sorties against a variety of targets in Germany and occupied Europe.  Many of this officer's targets have been fiercely opposed and on numerous occasions his aircraft has sustained severe damage, but with cheerful confidence and a superb disregard for personal danger, Flight Lieutenant Cooke has never allowed the enemy opposition to deflect his determination to inflict the highest possible damage on the target.

 

On one occasion at Wiesbaden, Flight Lieutenant Cooke saw that no markers were visible, descended through cloud to 12,500 feet and bombed visually.

 

This officer's keenness for operations has been outstanding and all this, together with his exceptional leadership, has set an outstanding example to the whole squadron.

 

The courage and exceptional fighting qualities displayed by Flight Lieutenant Cooke are worthy of the highest praise, and well merit this recommendation for an award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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COOKE, P/O John Joseph (J88607) - Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (deceased) - Awarded 17 July 1948 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 455/48 dated 23 July 1948.  Home in Hamilton, Ontario.  Air gunner, killed in action with No.431 Squadron, 27/28 April 1944, Halifax LK842. Buried in Belgium.

 

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COOKE, Corporal Keith Edward (R153409) - Mention in Despatches - No.436 Squadron (AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas") - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 418/46 dated 18 April 1946.  Enlisted in Halifax, 8 June 1942.  No citation.  DHist file 181.009 D.1769 (RG.24 Vol.20610) has recommendation dated 9 June 1945; Aero Engine Mechanic; home in Brookfield, Nova Scotia.

 

This airman has proven himself to be an excellent tradesman.  His devotion to duty and untiring efforts has helped to bring the serviceability and morale of the squadron to the high standard it has reached.  It is strongly recommended that the service rendered by this airman be recognized by the award of "Mention in Despatches".

 

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COOKE, F/O Thomas Charles (J11462) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.162 Squadron - Award effective 30 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Home in Dauphin, Manitoba.  Enlisted 7 June 1940 at Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 20 July 1940), No.3 EFTS (graduated 15 September 1940), and No.1 SFTS (graduated 21 November 1940).  DFC and AFC sent by registered mail, 20 April 1949.  Postwar pilot and Director of Ontario Provincial Air Service.

 

This officer was the captain of an aircraft which successfully attacked a U-boat in April 1944.  He sighted the vessel which was fully surfaced a few miles ahead and despite heavy anti-aircraft fire pressed home a perfectly executed attack.  The success achieved reflects the greatest credit on the skill and courage displayed by Flying Officer Cooke.

 

COOKE, F/L Thomas Charles, DFC (J11462) - Air Force Cross - No.124 Ferry Squadron (Canada) - Award effective 23 February 1946 as per London Gazette dated 26 February 1946 and AFRO 280/46 dated 15 March 1946.  As of recommendation he had flown 3,070 hours.

 

Flight Lieutenant Cooke is an outstanding instructor and hard working above average officer employed in the Conversion Flight of this squadron.  Recently he was selected as Officer Commanding an Aerial Insect Spraying Flight, working in conjunction with the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests, covering a large tract of forest area.  The untiring efforts and keenness of this officer contributed in a very large manner to the successful completion of this work.  His devotion to duty over a long period is most commendable and worthy of high praise.

 

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COOKE, LAC Thomas Sterling (R111497) - Mention in Despatches - No.419 Squadron (AFRO gives unit as No.64 Base) - Award effective 1 January 1945 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 425/45 dated 9 March 1945.  DHist file 181.009 D.4364 (RG.24 Vol.20648) has recommendation from W/C W.P. Pleasance, CO of No.419 Squadron, to CO Middleton St.George dated 14 July 1944. Home in Carleton Place; had enlisted in Ottawa 14 July 1941; six months in Canada, 30 months overseas.  Fitter IIE; recommendation spells names as Thomas Stirling.

 

LAC Cooke was one of the original members of the squadron.  He has set an extremely fine example, being thoroughly trustworthy in every way.  His cheerful, co-operative manner, irrespective of long hours of work which he is sometimes called upon to perform, under most adverse conditions, has been most commendable.

 

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COOKE, WO Wilfred Gordon (R52693) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.408 Squadron - Award effective 22 August 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2274/44 dated 20 October 1944.  Home in St.Catharines, Ontario; enlisted Niagara Falls, 7 June 1940.  Trained at No.5 ITS (graduated 20 June 1942), No.13 EFTS (graduated 9 October 1942) and No.5 SFTS (graduated 19 March 1943).  Award sent by registered mail 1 March 1946.

 

Warrant Officer Cooke has completed a large number of sorties against a variety of strongly defended targets. He is a splendid captain and pilot whose determination to complete his mission successfully has been most praiseworthy.

 

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COOMBS, WO1 John Harold (R63534) - Mention in Despatches - Dishforth - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 155/46 dated 15 February 1946.  AFRO gives unit only as "Overseas"; unit found in McEwen Papers list of recommendations for MiD.  Home in New Westminster; enlisted London, Ontario, 11 April 1940.   DHist file 181.009 D.2993 (RG.24 Vol.20634) has recommendation forwarded from No.61 Base to Headquarters, No.6 Group, 11 September 1944.  Notwithstanding the discrepancy of dates, this indicates the sort of work he was doing which would have merited award.   He had enlisted 11 April 1940, serving two months in Canada and 40 months overseas when recommended and was Warrant Officer in Charge, Signals at this base.

 

This Warrant Officer has carried out his duties in Station Headquarters Signals Section in a highly efficient manner. He is hard working, willing and conscientious and has set a fine example to his Section and has in no small degree contributed to its high standard of efficiency. He is well above average in his professional qualifications and during over three years overseas has done excellent work with several squadrons as well as on this station.

 

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COOMBES, F/O Joseph Sinclair (C24742) - Air Force Cross - No.6 Communications Flight - Award effective 14 November 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2684/44 dated 15 December 1944. Home in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 22 June 1940.  See also Nursing Sister H.M. Brown and F/L R.W. Burnap.

 

This officer recently volunteered to pilot an aircraft on an urgent mercy flight, although well aware of the hazards connected with landing and take-off in the wild northern bush country of Canada.  On arrival at the destination, the only open space was a ploughed field, upon which he effected a landing with great skill and without damage to the undercarriage.  With the patient aboard, he managed to take off from a hastily improvised runway in a field of scrub and although collision with trees damaged the elevators and jammed open the throttle, this officer kept the aircraft airborne.  Returning to base, he effected a landing in the dark, in spite of the damaged controls and having to switch off his engine. The success of this flight resulted in the patient being hospitalized in time to save her life.  Flying Officer Coombes, with complete disregard for his own safety, displayed exceptional skill and courage, which is most praiseworthy.

 

NOTE: DHist file 181.009 D.1688 (RG.24 Volume 20605) has a recommendation dated 8 January 1944 by W/C W.J. McFarlane.  Coombes had then flown 3,010 hours 40 minutes, 256 hours 40 minutes in previous six months:

 

Whilst engaged in flying single engine aircraft servicing extreme northern bases, this officer has displayed initiative, skill and ability of a high order.  His flying has been over extremely hazardous and unmapped terrain without radio navigation aids and his efforts have always displayed skill and forethought and his work has contributed materially to the success of the war effort.

 

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COONS, F/O Herbert Lindsay (J5083) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.95 Squadron [NOTE: AFRO gives unit as No.93 Squadron.  No.93 was a fighter squadron; John Blatherwick identifies unit as No.95.] - Award effective 11 March 1943 as per London Gazette dated 16 March 1943 and AFRO 616/43 dated 9 April 1943. Born 13 February 1918.  Home in Morrisburg, Ontario; enlisted Vancouver, 4 June 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS, No.7 EFTS, No.1 BGS (graduated 15 March 1941), No.1 AOS (graduated 1 February 1941), and No.1 CNS.  Posted overseas, 14 May 1941. Repatriated in July 1943 and retrained as a pilot (to No.11 EFTS on 1 October 1943 and No.2 SFTS on 11 February 1944; reclassified as pilot, 21 April 1944).  Served for a time in No.164 Squadron; posted overseas again in August 1944; repatriated July 1945.  Invested with award 25 February 1944.  The original recommendation is found in Public Record Office Air 2/8938; it is dated 20 December 1942 and adds that he had flown 900 hours; his current squadron was equipped with Sunderlands.

 

This officer has been continuously engaged in operational duties since September 1941.  On two occasions his aircraft has been forced down on the sea.  Its exact location, however, was easily discovered by the searching ships as a result of the accurate signals sent out by Flying Officer Coons.  When, on another sortie, the bomb room caught fire, this officer gallantly assisted in extinguishing the outbreak. Three times he has participated in engagements with enemy aircraft and on the last occasion a Focke Wulfe Kurier was probably destroyed.  Flying Officer Coons is an extremely cool and efficient navigator whose courage and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.

 

COONS, S/L Herbert Lindsay, DFC (J5083) - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - No.435 Squadron - Award effective 9 October 1945 as per London Gazette dated 19 October 1945 and AFRO 133/46 dated 8 February 1946.  Invested with award in Edmonton, 18 December 1951.

 

While leading a section of Dakota aircraft one day in January 1945, this officer's aircraft was attacked by a Japanese fighter.  With great coolness and courage Squadron Leader Coons took violent evasive action.  While the attack was still in progress another of the formation was attacked by a second enemy fighter.  Despite the dangerous situation of his own aircraft, Squadron Leader Coons flew in the direction of the second attack, drawing the enemy's fire to his own aircraft.  Throughout his tour of operational duty this officer has shown bravery and devotion to duty of the highest order.

 

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COOPER, F/O Albert Joseph (J89624) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.433 Squadron -  Award effective 23 November 1945 as per London Gazette dated 7 December 1945 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 7 August 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 29 May 1943), No.1 BGS (graduated 21 August 1943), and No.1 AOS (graduated 15 October 1943).  Invested with award 25 April 1949.  No citation, "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty."  DHist file 181.009 D.2610 (RG.24 Vol.20627) has recommendation dated 19 May 1945 when he had completed 28 sorties (184 hours 45 minutes), 14 July 1944 to 3 May 1945 (the last was a mining mission not carried out).

 

This officer, the Air Bomber of the crew captained by Flight Lieutenant Strelchuk, has now completed twenty-eight operational sorties over enemy territory comprising a wide variety of targets both in France and in Germany.

 

The courage, skill and determination in action displayed at all times by Flying Officer Cooper have been a great inspiration to his crew, and his coolness and devotion to duty has contributed in a large measure to the success of his many operational flights.

 

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COOPER, WO1 Arthur David (R63687) - Mention in Despatches - No.11 (BR) Squadron - Award effective 7 July 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1291/45 dated 10 August 1945.  Appears to have been recommended for an AFC which was downgraded in Ottawa.

 

This warrant officer has completed a tour of operations and has at all times maintained a high standard of efficiency. His willingness to accept responsibility has been an inspiration to his section as well as to members of the squadron.

 

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COOPER, P/O Ewart McCallum (J86384) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 17 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Home in Varsity View, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 11 December 1941.  Trained at No.3 ITS (graduated 19 June 1942), No.11 EFTS (ceased training 26 September 1942) and No.5 AOS (graduated 5 March 1943).  Invested with award 18 May 1946.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation undated (about 30 July 1944) when he had flown 31 sorties (147 hours 45 minutes), 1 March to 20 July 1944.  Died in Calgary, 5 February 1997.

 

An above average and efficient navigator who has completed 31 successful trips and has shown such exceptional navigation ability that he has won the confidence and respect of his crew, and the superior officers.  His cheerful disposition, alertness and strong sense of duty in his work have made him stand out among his fellow navigators.  For his fine record and intense loyalty, this officer is recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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COOPER, P/O Frederick Charles (J17003) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.78 Squadron - Award effective 6 August 1943 as per London Gazette dated 17 August 1943 and AFRO 2005/43 dated 1 October 1943.  Home in Foxwarren, Manitoba; enlisted Winnipeg, 9 May 1941.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 18 August 1941), No.18 EFTS (graduated 17 September 1941) and No.3 BGS (graduated 24 November 1941).  Invested with award by King George 2 February 1945.

 

This officer has completed a large number of daring operational sorties, many of which have been attacks on targets such as Berlin, Stettin and Duisberg when intense enemy opposition was encountered.  He has at all times displayed courage of the highest order and is one of the most capable air gunners in the squadron.

 

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COOPER, WO1 James Herbert (Can 6519) - Member, Order of the British Empire - No.2 SFTS - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Ottawa; educated at Osgoode Street School, Kent Street School and Ottawa Technical School.  Enlisted in Ottawa, 6 September 1939.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 3 June 1953 while a Flying Officer, Canadian Joint Staff (London) - Coronation Contingent.  Retired as aFlight Lieutenant.  Died in Pembroke, Ontario, 11 February 1999, aged 87.

 

This warrant officer's services in the Royal Canadian Air Force since the outbreak of war have been outstanding.  As station warrant officer of his present unit he has raised the standard of discipline and cleanliness to the highest degree.  he has at all times displayed exceptional ability and loyalty in the execution of his duties.

 

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COOPER, F/O James Richard (C4727) - Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 1 June 1943 as per London Gazette dated 2 June 1943 and AFRO 1247/43 dated 2 July 1943.  Home in Toronto; enlisted there 14 April 1941.

 

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COOPER, S/L John Harold (J7549) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.1 Flying Instructor School - Award effective 21 April 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 802/45 dated 11 May 1945.  Home in Hamilton, Ontario; enlisted in Trenton, 13 January 1941. Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 9 June 1941), No.17 EFTS (graduated 27 July 1941) and No.8 SFTS (graduated 10 October 1941).

 

This officer has been employed in flying training since December 1941.  During that time his services as a flying instructor, flight commander and examining officer have been of the highest quality.  The splendid manner in which he was carried out his tasks has been an inspiration to all with whom he has been associated.

 

COOPER, S/L John Harold (J7549) - Air Force Cross - Central Flying School - Award effective 1 January 1946 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 82/46 dated 25 January 1946.  As of recommendation he had flown 2,043 hours, 1,838 as instructor, 106 hours in previous six months.  Invested with award 22 June 1949.

 

This officer has, in the capacity of Chief Flying Instructor, by his ability and enthusiasm, maintained the high standard which is expected in a unit of this nature.  His devotion to duty and fine leadership qualities have been an outstanding example to all instructors on the staff.

 

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COOPER, F/L John Herbert (J6642) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 16 July 1944 as per London Gazette dated 25 January 1946 and AFRO 244/46 dated 8 March 1946.  Home in Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan; enlisted Regina, 15 November 1940.  Trained at No.1 ITS (graduated 10 April 1941), No.1 EFTS (graduated 28 May 1941), and No.5 SFTS (graduated 9 August 1941).  Award sent by registered mail 28 June 1949.

 

Flight Lieutenant Cooper, as captain of aircraft, deputy flight commander, has completed numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which he has invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty.

 

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COOPER, F/L John Joseph (J85602) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.432 Squadron - Award effective 2 October 1944 as per London Gazette dated 13 October 1944 and AFRO 2637/44 dated 8 December 1944.  Home in Winnipeg; enlisted there 9 May 1939.  Trained at No.4 ITS (graduated 22 May 1942), No.5 EFTS (graduated 28 Augst 1942) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 18 December 1942).  Invested with award 26 February 1949.  No citation other than "completed...numerous operations against the enemy in the course of which [he has] invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty".  DHist file 181.009 D.5557 (RG.24 Vol.20668) has recommendation dated 18 July 1944 when he had flown 34 sorties (172 hours 45 minutes), 26 August 1943 to 18 July 1944.

 

This officer has successfully completed 34 trips in which he has shown exceptional skill as a pilot.  Such heavily defended targets as Hanover (twice), Augsburg, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Essen (twice) and Dusseldorf are included in his schedule of successful trips.  For his dogged determination, his coolness in face of danger and devotion to duty, this officer is strongly recommended for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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COOPER, W/C Thomas Frederick (C5202) - Officer, Order of the British Empire - No. 8 Repair Depot - Award effective 26 May 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 1380/44 dated 30 June 1944.  Born in Birmingham, England; educated there; home in St.James, Manitoba.  Enlisted in Winnipeg, 1 February 1929.  Press Release says that besides aero engineer work he had helped organize RCAF bands including the Women's Division band that had been established in Winnipeg in 1943.  Invested with award 14 February 1945.  Awarded Queen's Coronation Medal, 23 October 1953 (Wing Commander, Training Command Headquarters).

 

This officer's services as Chief Engineering Officer have been exceptional.  He has executed his ordinary duties and the special work given to him with skill and dexterity.  He has developed numerous modifications and repair schemes for aircraft which have resulted in increased aircraft serviceability at reduced costs.  Giving unstintingly of his time and with concentrated effort, this officer has built up an exceptionally well organized technical branch at a Repair Depot.

 

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COOPER, F/L Woodward Bowers (J4539) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 9 June 1942 as per London Gazette dated 11 June 1942 and AFRO 1000-1001/42 dated 3 July 1942. Graduated from No.7 SFTS, Macleod, Alberta, 1 March 1941.  DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation for DFC dated 7 February 1942.  American in the RCAF (born in St.Petersburg, Florida; educated at Fremont, Ohio (his home) and Georgia Technical Institute); private pilot since 1935, he had flown 700 hours by the time he enlisted in Toronto on 31 July 1940.  Trained at No.2 ITS (graduated 30 September 1941), No.2 EFTS (graduated 11 December 1940) and No.7 SFTS (graduated 1 March 1941).  A Press Release stamped 15 March 1942 quotes other pilots as being especially skilful on "Pigs" (Hudsons) - "He can do anything".  It goes on to say that "Flying Officer Cooper's spectacular low-altitude flying - and the greater part of Coastal Command work is done at low altitude - has been known to shake men with more flying experience than he has himself."

 

This officer has flown 129 operational hours and completed 39 operational flights.  Of this flying, 90 hours have been at night.

 

He has delivered attacks on four merchant vessels, one tanker and a submarine and is credited with damage to three vessels, a total of 8,500 tons.

 

An exceptional pilot, this officer has by his skill and perseverance been able to hunt out and destroy enemy shipping under stress of enemy defences and changeable weather.  The reliability with which he can be counted upon to complete his tasks is a continual inspiration to his companions and has been a considerable influence in urging others to similar achievements.

 

COOPER, S/L Woodward Bowers (J4539) - Mention in Despatches - No.407 Squadron - Award effective 1 January 1943 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 232/43 dated 12 February 1943.   Unit not given in AFRO; see The RCAF Overseas: The First Four Years, p.260.  DHist file 181.009 D.2620 (RG.24 Vol.20628) has recommendation dated 15 June 1942 for an immediate DFC.

 

Squadron Leader W.B. Cooper is an exceptionally fine pilot with 172 operational hours to his credit.  On the 50 flights which he has undertaken against the enemy he has invariably been most conscientious and painstaking in his efforts to locate and destroy shipping.  The manner in which he has always volunteered to fly the most difficult patrols and his all round keenness to get into the air have been an outstanding factor in building up a very high and satisfactory state of morale within this unit.  The work of training new crews has been undertaken in a most methodical and thorough manner by this officer in addition to his normal flying duties.

 

In six attacks against enemy vessels this officer has had two merchant vessels credited to him as damaged and one tanker serious damaged.  A further vessel was probably damaged, while an enemy submarine and another vessel were possibly damaged.  In an additional three attacks made during a single night sortie, two out of three merchant vessels were sunk.  His record is as follows:

 

1.11.41                       In a night attack on an enemy convoy a 5,000 ton merchant vessel was damaged by two hits. The vessel was machine gunned during the attack which was pressed home despite concentrated anti-aircraft fire.

 

30.11.41         A submarine was attacked by night off Borkum with a stick of bombs which straddled the target.

 

9.12.41                       A merchant vessel of 3/4000 tons was attacked in convoy by night.  A direct hit was scored and considerable damage done.  Medium flak was encountered.

 

15.12.41         On a daylight rover patrol an enemy vessel was sighted and an attack was made on one of the vessels.  Owing to the speed of the attack it was found impossible to open the bomb doors sufficiently to release the bombs so despite the intense flak the pilot made a second attack.  A 3/4000 ton ship was bombed but because of the necessary evasive action it was impossible to observe the results.

 

7.1.42             A merchant vessel of 6,000 tons in a convoy of 12 M.V.s was attacked by night.  The attack was made from masthead height and the first bomb was seen to fall short.  The remainder were unobserved and it is probable that hits were scored.

 

10.1.42                       A tanker of 2,000 tons was attacked and left on fire.

 

15.6.42                       Three individual attacks were made on each of three M.V.s in convoy off the enemy coast by night.  Two stocks of two and one of four bombs were dropped.  The attacks were made from [indecipherable] resulted in violent explosions in two instances and visual observation made shortly afterwards by the same aircraft revealed only one vessel left afloat.  The missing vessels were of 800 and 1000 tons respectively.

 

These attacks have been pressed home with commendable spirit despite all enemy opposition.  On one occasion Squadron Leader Cooper in following the enemy coastline in search of shipping, inadvertently flew over a strongly defended enemy harbour.  His aircraft was severely damaged by flak and one engine was put out of action.  This was on the 10th of October 1941.  On the 31st of January 1942 while flying over enemy waters in icing conditions one engine failed completely at the same time as the other began to lose power.  The aircraft lost height to 400 feet before a recovery was made.  On both occasions Squadron Leader Cooper flew his aircraft safely to base on one engine.

The manner in which Squadron Leader Cooper launched three separate attacks against three vessels on the morning of the 15th June 1942, reflects the tremendous zeal and devotion to duty displayed by this officer at all times.

 

COOPER, S/L Woodward Bowers (J4539) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 OTU (now overseas) - Award effective 5 May 1944 as per London Gazette and Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1133/44 dated 26 May 1944.

 

This officer, on the night of 24th August 1943, at the request of Canadian Army authorities, volunteered to fly a dangerously ill patient from the East Coast to the nearest hospital, a distance of approximately 750 miles, in order that a cerebral operation might be performed in an endeavour to save the patient's life.  The weather was very adverse, turbulent conditions, low clouds and heavy rain.  Throughout the whole flight of over five hours, during which he passed through several thunderstorms, he had to fly by instruments.  The successful completion of the flight under most difficult flying conditions was largely responsible in the saving of a soldier's life.

 

COOPER, S/L Woodward Bowers (J4539) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.226 Squadron - Award effective 25 July 1944 as per London Gazette of that date and AFRO 2101/44 dated 29 September 1944.  Invested with award 21 January 1949 after he had returned to Freemont, Ohio.

 

In his first tour of operations this officer participated in many attacks on enemy shipping and obtained much success.  Since then, Squadron Leader Cooper has completed many more sorties including numerous attacks on railway junctions in Northern France with good results.  This officer has always evinced the greatest keenness and his example of courage and determination has been most inspiring.

 

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