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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
401 CockcroftArthur ClarenceFlying Officer185326PilotRAFVRBomber Command153Sqn
1945-04-22LancasterIII ME424P4-NScampton1536 Bremen - In preparation for the attack by XXX Corps. Shot down by a Me 163B-1a 'Komet' flown by Oblt Franz Woidich from 6/JG 400, flying out of Husem, Schleswig-Holstein. Crashed at Jade near Bremen.KilledBecklingen War Cemetery Plot 14 Row F Grave 4
402 CoeArthur JohnSergeantNZ/404530ObserverRNZAFBomber Command25 Operational Training Unit1941-11-09WellingtonICW2783PP-QRAF Finningley, Yorkshire 2115Training exercise See archive report for further details Injured - Killed later see Mosquito SZ990Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. Plot 7. Row BB. Grave 11 Read Archive Report
403 CoeArthur JohnSergeantNZ/404530NavigatorRNZAFFighter Command487Sqn RNZAF
1945-04-06MosquitoFB.VI.SZ990EG-ERosières-en-Santerre2203Intruder See archive report for further details Killed Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery. Plot 7. Row BB. Grave 11 Read Archive Report
404 CoeDavid RichardSergeant1649543Age 19BritishFlight EngineerRAFVRBomber Command427Sqn RCAF
1943-09-15HalifaxVDK253ZL-MRAF Leeming, Yorkshire2035Montluconcrashed Harmondsworth MIDDXKilledDersingham (St. Nicholas) Cemetery, NorfolkSon of Arthur Richard and Elizabeth Coe, of Dersingham, Norfolk, England.
405 CokeDavid ArthurThe HonourableFlight Lieutenant73042London 1915-12-04BritishPilotDFC

RAFVRFighter Command257Sqn

33Sqn

80Sqn
1941-12-09HurricaneIP37762 + 2 probablePatrolShot down by Me 109 over Acroma LibyaKilledKnightsbridge Cemetery, Libya


Battle of Britain

The Honourable David Arthur Coke, 26, British pilot of 80 Sqn RAF, Battle of Britain veteran, 2 certified air kills, 2 probable kills and 2 enemy aircraft damaged in 257s, 33 and 80 Sqns of the RAF, was killed aboard Hurricane Mk.Ia, shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 in the Acroma sector, in Libya. The announcement of his DFC will appear on December 26th.
406 CokeDavid ArthurThe HonourableFlying Officer73042London 1915-12-04BritishPilotDFC

RAFVRFighter Command257Sqn
1940-08-12HurricaneIP37762 + 2 probablePatrolDamaged in combatWounded
Battle of Britain
407 ColeRay OsmondFlight SergeantA40832930 September 1920 in Launceston, VIC, AustraliaAustralianNavigatorRAAFBomber Command460Sqn RAAF
1943-12-02LancasterIIILM316AR-H2Binbrook1632BerlinCrashed near DöberitzKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery 7.B.27 Son of Arthur James Cole and Mattie Elizabeth Cole, of Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
408 ColeArthur GeorgeSergeant Wireless Operator/Air Gunner1311910RAFVRBomber Command460Sqn RAAF
1943-12-02LancasterIW4881AR-KRAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire1644BerlinAttacked and shot down by 2 night fighters. Crashed at Paderdam, Gottin, Brandenburg, GermanyKilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Grave No. 8.K.9Read Archive Report
409 ColeJohn ArthurFlying OfficerJ2589716th January 1921 in Edmonton, AlbertaCanadanPilotRCAFBomber Command78 Sqn
1944-06-07HalifaxIIIMZ568EY:EBreighton22:52Rail communications at JuvisyClaimed by 1./Flak Abt. 911 and exploded at 02:00hrs. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (12 May 1944 - 23 July 1944) Part 3 - Theo Boiten). Debris falling between Corbell-Essones and Courances a village some 10 km awayKilledCourances Communal Cemetery, Grave 2


Paradie Archive DatabaseSon of Marcus Franklin and Isabella Rhind Edwards (née French) Cole of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
410 ColeThomas ArthurFlight Sergeant1109AustraliaRAAFRAAF Laverton1939-10-06RAAF Honour Roll
411 ColgraveWilfred GeorgeSergeant1624301Age 21NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command40Sqn1944-11-22WellingtonXLP732BL-?RAF Foggia Main, ItalySzombathely, Hungary See archive report for further details KilledBudapest War Cemetery Coll. Grave IV.A.6-10
Read Archive Report
412 CollettAlfred JohnSergeantR8995417th August 1915 in Bowden, Red Deer, AlbertaCanadianAir Gunner (Rear)RCAFBomber Command460 (RAAF) Sqn
1944-06-10LancasterIME696AR:B2Binbrook23:13Acheres Rail FacilitiesPost war it was established that the aircraft crashed at Elancourt, two miles West of Trappes,16 miles WSW of Paris. The aircraft hit high tension wires at 01:00 and all the crew were killed.KilledViroflay New Communal Cemetery Row B Grave 23

Paradie Archive DatabaseInitially buried in Elancourt Communal Cemetery

Commissioned and promoted to Plt Off (J89954) dated 9th June 1944

Son of Edward Arthur and Jessie Anne Laurie (née Smith). Husband to Marcella Sarah (née Madden) Collett of New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
413 CollettPhillis AnnPilot Officer11235Age 23UKPassengerWRNSTransport24Sqn1945-08-30DakotaIVKJ974-RAF Henderson, Middlesex1240Malta - HendersonSee archive report for detailsKilledMazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles. Plot 11. Row A. Grave 31.Daughter of Arthur Preston Collet and Sheila Collet, of Felixstowe, Suffolk. Grave inscription: 'Non Omnis Moriar' (I shall not wholly die)
414 CollingsArthur GeorgeFlight Lieutenant137117BRitishAir GunnerRAFVRBomber Command7Sqn
1943-06-21StirlingIR9266MG-JRAF Oakington, Cambridgeshire2342KrefeldSee archive report for further details and photographsPoW No: 1492 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan
415 CollinsArthurFlight Sergeant639630NavigatorRAFBomber Command78Sqn
1944-02-25HalifaxIIILV794EY-ORAF Breighton, Yorkshire2105Augsburg Shot down by night fighter Mjr. Gunther Radusch PoW None - understood to have survived the war. Died in 2000 Read Archive Report
Attacker G?nther RaduschKracker Archive
416 CollinsArthurSergeant13812371912ObserverRAFVRBomber Command76Sqn
1942-08-18HalifaxIIV9992MP-MTrainingCrashed at 1843 hours, after spinning from 1000 feet, near Thirk, Yorkshire, while returning to base from an air firing exercise.KilledDarlington West Cemetery Sec. W.7K. Grave 369.Son of Edward and Frances Ellen Collins; husband of Molly Georgina Collins, of Liverpool
417 CollynsBasil GordonFlight LieutenantNZ/39134224th February 1913New ZealanderPilotDFC

RNZAFFighter Command19Sqn
1944-08-20MustangIIIbFB194QV-I7ALG B12. Ellon, France (nicknamed 'Jerusalem')1832SweepSee archive report for further brief detailsKilledVilleneuve-St- Georges Old Communal Cemetery France. Grave 93
Son of Guy Shuckburgh Collyns and Jean Collyns (née Armstrong). Husband of Margaret Lucy Collyns, (née Churchward) of Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand. Born on the Monday, 24th February 1913 at Greymouth, Grey District. Prior to enlisting on the 19 November 1939 age 26 worked as a sheep farmer. Brother of F/O. Eric Arthur Collyns. DFC Citation: "This officer, now on his second tour of operational flying, has completed a large number of sorties. As flight commander, he has led his flight with outstanding skill and courage and has inflicted much damage on the enemy. During August, 1944, the squadron met a large force of enemy aircraft, and Flight Lieutenant Collyns displayed considerable ability and initiative by leading his flight to attack the enemy top cover, thus enabling the remainder of the squadron to engage the lower enemy formation. This officer has destroyed 7 enemy aircraft and damaged many others."
418 ColmanCyril Henry ArthurSquadron Leader24058AustraliaRAAF1Sqn att 23Sqn RAF1941-01-03RAAF Honour Roll
419 ColomboDonald ArthurFlying Officer143466NavigatorDFC

RAFVRBomber Command12 Sqn
1944-03-24LancasterIIIJB359PH-QWickenby18:35BerlinHomebound the aircraft is believed to have crashed 3km North of Harzgerode.KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 13 Row L Collective Grave 1-7On 5 Oct 1948 both Harzgerode and Pansfelde were visited to investigate Lancaster JB359 and to exhume the remains of the crew. At Harzgerode three war graves were found each containing the remains of two unidentifiable bodies. At Pansfelde one body was found. The exhumations failed to establish separate identities, but there was little doubt that these were the remains of the crew in question. It was presumed that the body at Pansfelde was the rear gunner Sgt Hicks, who had an electrically heated suit, the 2nd body in Grave 3 at Harzgerode was Sgt Norton by virtue of having the only electrically heated flying suit found in the three graves. (Extract from report by Flt Lt C R Drysdale Berlin Detachment No4 MREU 28 October 1948)

Fg Off Colombo was awarded the DFC whilst with 7 Squadron. Gazetted 23 May 1944

Son of Frederick Alfred and Gertrude Louisa Colombo, of Ickenham, Uxbridge, Middlesex
420 ColstonArthur WilliamSergeant925920NavigatorRAFVRCoastal Command224Sqn
1942-07-11LiberatorIIIFK245XB:CRAF Beaulieu08:49Anti-ShippingSee archive report for further detailsKiABristol Cemetery (Arnos Vale). Plot RR, Grave 760
421 ColvilleFedFlying OfficerAir Gunner Mid UpperBomber Command97Sqn (Straits Settlements) Pathfinder Force
1944-03-30LancasterIIIND390OF-SBourn2215NurnbergShot down by a night fighter of Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1 and crashed over Coburg whilst on a bombing raid to Nuremberg. Crashed AhornKilledDurnbach War CemeteryLancaster ND390, piloted by Flight Lieutenant D. H. Rowlands, DFC, was detailed to attack Nuremberg, as part of the main force of 795 aircraft, and was shot down by an Me.110 flown by Major Martin Drewes, III./NJG1, and crashed in the south west suburbs of Coburg, on 30-31 March 1944. All the crew were killed. 'Nuremberg, the Blackest Night in RAF History' by Martin Bowman gives the following account: ‘At 01:20 a.m. Drewes and his crew singled out their third victim of the night. It was Lancaster III ND390 NF-S of 97 Squadron which was being flown by 23 year old Flight Lieutenant Desmond Harold Rowlands DFC of Kenton Middlesex. “At 700 metres” said Handke “we could see it was another Lancaster. We were about to attack from the rear again when Petz announced that he had cleared the stoppage in our cannon. With the oblique cannon now working we could attack from below and to the side of the bomber with less risk of being seen. Drewes edged the night fighter closer and for a few seconds we were almost on a parallel course. Unaware, the Lancaster flew on. Then Drewes raked it with a long burst aimed into the wing. Flames fanned from the engines to acknowledge the accuracy of his shooting.”

Rowlands and his crew were mostly second tourists who were on their third operation with the Pathfinders. The bodies of 19 year old Sergeant Robert Myall Lane, the flight engineer of Richmond Surrey; Arthur Robert Cadman DFM the 24 year old navigator of Kingswinford Staffordshire (whose award had been granted in 49 Squadron in 1940); Albert Stanley McFadden the 28 year old bomb aimer of Walton, Liverpool and Flying Officers Edgar James Currie the 32 year old wireless operator and Fred Coleville the mid upper gunner of Chester-Le-Street, County Durham were found near the main fuselage on the edge of a wood at Ahorn in the South West suburbs of Coburg. The tail came down some distance away and the body of 28 year old Flight Lieutenant Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor Roper DFC DFM was found still in the rear turret.’

Attacker Maj Martin Drewes lll./NJG1
422 ColwellClaude ArthurAircraftman Class 2412574AustraliaRAAF1 Initial Training School Somers1941-09-18RAAF Honour Roll
423 ConnorClare ArthurPilot Officer40892DFC

RAFBomber Command83Sqn
1940-11-03HampdenIL4093OL-JScamptonKiel Crashed off Spurn Head Killed Brattleby (St. Cuthbert) Churchyard

See entry for P1355


L-R: John Hannah VC Clare Connor DFC

Son of Arthur and Grace Connor; Husband of Betty Cave Connor (Nee Collyer).
424 ConnorClare ArthurP/O40892UKPilotDFC
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RAFBomber Command83Sqn
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1940-09-15HampdenP1355Attack on invasion bargesOn 15 September 1940 over Antwerp, Belgium, after a successful attack on German barges, the Handley Page Hampden bomber (serial P1355) in which Sergeant Hannah was wireless operator/air gunner, was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire, starting a fire which spread quickly.Survived. Killed 1940-11-03 attacking Norway target
Archive Report Hampden P1355

John Hannah VC and P/O Connor DFC
425 ConnorArthur AlbertFlying Officer10981AustraliaRAAF463Sqn RAAF
1944-07-04RAAF Honour Roll
426 ConnorsFrank EarlFlight LieutenantJ/21847CanadaPilotRCAFBomber Command1664HCU1945-03-16HalifaxMZ481Cross country training exerciseKilled 1945-03-16 Age 27Commemorated Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom.
Paradie Archive DatabaseSon Of Thomas John And Jessie Connors, Of Fort William, Ontario, Canada; Husband Of Louise Connors, Of Port Arthur, Ontario.

L-R: Fl/Lt. Frank Earl Connors, Fl/Lt. John Mackintosh Fowlie, Fl/Sgt. Arthur Henry Jones, F/O. James Charles Pearson. Seated: Fl/Sgt. John Howard James Grahame, Fl/Sgt. James Graham, (courtesy Ken Greenaway)

Archive Report MZ481
427 ConradClarence ArthurLeading Aircraftman30550AustraliaRAAF451Sqn RAAF
1944-05-13RAAF Honour Roll
428 CookJoseph ThomasSergeant1334466W/op/Air/GnrRAFVRBomber Command19 Operational Training Unit1944-05-04WhitleyVBD385UO-QRAF Kinloss, Scotland240Training See archive report for further details KilledKinloss Abbey Burial Ground. Collective Grave 62-66. Row C Read Archive Report
429 CookOliver Alexander MeredithSergeant1588747Age 20Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command40Sqn1944-11-22WellingtonXLP732BL-?RAF Foggia Main, ItalySzombathely, Hungary See archive report for further details KilledBudapest War Cemetery Coll. Grave IV.A.6-10 Read Archive Report
430 CookArthur Malcolm FrederickSergeant1067230NavigatorRAFVRFighter23 Sqn
1942-09-08MosquitoNF.IIDD684YP:URAF Bradwell Bay23:58Night IntruderLost over HollandKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 80Son of Johnathan and Victoria Cook, of Usk, Monmouthshire.
431 CookArthur SydneySquadron Leader406614AustraliaRAAF156Sqn RAF
1943-10-04RAAF Honour Roll
432 CookArthur JamesSergeant1378841Age ?Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command21 Operational Training Unit (91 Group)1943-01-03WellingtonIcW5613Not known RAF Moreton-In-Marsh, Gloucestershire 25Training See archive report for further brief details KilledFrinton-On-Sea Churchyard (St. Mary). Row C. Grave 26 Read Archive Report
433 CookCecil HaroldLACNZ/415685Age 24New ZealandPilotRNZAFTraining CommandNo. 1 Service Flying Training School
1942-03-26OxfordINZ278-RNZAF Wigram, New Zealand800TrainingSee archive report for detailsMissing- believed killedWellington Provincial Memorial
Born on the 10th January 1918 at Wellington. Educated at Wellington Technical College. Served 3 months in the territorial army. Enlisted at Levin as a pilot under training on the 19th October 1941. With No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School 20th November 1941. No. 1 Service Flying Training School on the 11th January 1942. Pilot badge awarded on the 07th March 1942. Son of Harold William John and Winifred Ethel Cook (née Board), of Karori, Wellington, New Zealand.
434 Cook Jr. Harry J. 2nd LieutenantPilot OfficerO-767751AmericanCo-PilotUSAAF8th Air Force358th Bomber Squadron (303rd Bombardment Group (H))1944-08-15B-17 Bad pennyG42-31183VK-YMolesworth (Station #107), Cambridgeshire, EnglandWiesbaden airfields (Mission #554), GermanySee Archive report for detailsPoW, Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia, Germany
435 CookeGordonFlight Sergeant1549747BritishWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFDVRBomber Command617 Sqn
1944-12-21LancasterIME561KC-TWoodhall Spa16:54PolitzOn return to base the crew were ordered to divert to Ludford Magna and land by aid of FIDO, due to fog blanketing the local area. On approach to the diversion airfield, the Lancaster’s port wing brushed the ground causing the bomber to crash at 02:40 hrs at Tealby, 3 miles ENE of Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.Dangerously injured
436 CookeArthur WallaceFlight Sergeant1510AustraliaRAAF1667 Conversion RAF 71 Base1944-11-08RAAF Honour Roll
437 CooperJames FrancisFlight SergeantR553871913CanadianAir Gunner (Rear)RCAFBomber Command61 Sqn
1942-09-04LancasterIR5682QR:ESyerston00:25BremenInitially hit by flak and then was finished off by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - Wartena 15km South East of Leeuwarden: 4,700m at 0251 hrs. Crashed near Wartena 9km South East of Leeuwarden.KilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 102Paradie Archive DatabaseNote. Sqn/Aircraft Code has been reported as QR:R by the recovery team. However the Sqn/Aircraft Code is QR:E (W.R. Chorley entry confirmed by Kenneth Stone from Log book of Clifford Giles RAAF Nav)

Son of Arthur and Mary Alice Cooper, of Beaupre, Province of Quebec, Canada
438 CooperWilfred GordonFlying Officer Observer Master Bomber. Primary Blind Marker. Pathfinder DFC & Bar
RAFVRBomber Command97Sqn (Straits Settlements)
1943-09-03LancasterIIIJA966OF-SBourn2035BerlinDamaged on return to base
DFC Citation London Gazette 11 February 1944. The recommendation states: ‘This Officer has completed 25 operational sorties against the enemy, fourteen as Marker. He has taken part in most of the recent attacks against important German targets including three on Berlin, three on Hanover, two on Hamburg, and Nuremburg, Munich and Kassel. He is the Air Bomber in a most relliable crew who have shown great courage and resolution in pressing home their attacks.’

Citation for Bar to DFC London Gazette 16 January 1945. The recommendation states: ‘Since being recommended for the award of the DFC, Flight Lieutenant Cooper has completed a further 25 operational sorties, bringing his total to 50. His sorties include attacks on such well defended targets as Berlin (14 times), Frankfurt (5 times), Nuremburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Brunswick and Magdeburg, and he has carried out sixteen sorties as Primary Blind Marker. Flight Lieutenant Cooper was a member of a crew whose achievements have been outstanding, and whose consistently good record has been an inspiration to the Squadron. For the last five months this Officer has been carrying out the duties of H2S Leader, and has discharged his responsibilities in a most efficient manner, and with the greatest success. His efforts have undoubtedly contributed in no small measure to the present standard of blind marking crews in this Squadron. Flight Lieutenant Cooper has at all times shown the greatest courage in the face of enemy opposition; this is well illustrated by the fact that on seven of the Berlin raids in which he participated, the Primary Blind Markers attacked the target without support, and that on each of these occasions the aircraft in which Flight Lieutenant Cooper was flying was damaged by predicted flak: on three trips the damage was so severe that it resulted in the feathering of one or more engines. For his unfailing devotion to duty, his excellent example to others, his outstanding ability as Leader and his courage in the face of enemy opposition, Flight Lieutenant Cooper is strongly recommended for the non-immediate award of a Bar to his Distinguished Flying Cross.’ (Wilfred) Gordon Cooper undoubtedly experienced one of the toughest operational careers to be inflicted on any member of aircrew in the 1939-45 War. The facts speak for themselves, even with the Berlin operations left aside: he participated in the Hamburg ‘Firestorm’ raids in July 1943, the famous strike against the rocket experimental station at Peenemunde in August 1943, Bomber Command’s disastrous attack on Nuremburg in March 1944, when 95 bombers failed to return, and in a specialist attack on enemy gun emplacements on the night before the Normandy landings. Added to which, he survived five sorties to Frankfurt, three to Hanover, three to Munich and another three to Stuttgart. But if indeed one does add to these hair-raising statistics his 14 trips to Berlin, seven of which ended in his Lanacaster being hit by predicted flak, it must surely be said that extremely few members of Bomber Command had an operational career to match. Certainly it was a record worthy of far greater reward than a D.F.C. and Bar. Cooper, a pre-war member of Lloyd’s, the London underwriters, commenced his remarkable wartime career out in Canada, where he trained on Ansons and Battles during the course of 1942. Returning to the U.K. he attended No. 19 O.T.U. and No. 1661 C.U. prior to joining No. 97 (Straits Settlements) Squadron, a Lancaster unit operating out of Bourn, Cambridgeshire, in the early summer of 1943. Soon after his arrival, he was appointed as Bomb Aimer to the crew of Flying Officer Peter de Wesselow, quite a character according to Max Hastings in his much acclaimed Bomber Command: ‘Most exotic of all was Peter de Wesselow, a surgeon’s son of White Russian origins who had transferred to the R.A.F. from the Brigade of Guards. The precise, immaculate de Wesselow spoke several languages fluently, collected antique glass, and could call on a rower’s physique for throwing a Lancaster around the sky.’ This was just as well, for de Wesselow would remain as Cooper’s pilot until February 1945, enduring many of the Berlin raids with their coning searchlights and predicted flak. But their first operation together was that to Hamburg on the night of 29-30 July 1943, as part of the protracted onslaught that culminated in the terrible ‘Firestorms’. They were back there on the final night, the 2 August, with a trip to Remscheid in between. August witnessed several more sorties, Peenemunde undoubtedly being the highlight, although they made their first trip to Berlin on the last day of the month, with Leverskusen, Munich and Nuremburg in between. On their next sortie, back to Berlin on the night of 3-4 September, a T.I. incendiary exploded in the bomb bay. Attacks on Montlucon, Hanover (twice) and Darmstadt made up the rest of the month’s operational brief, while October saw No. 97 carrying return strikes on Munich and Hanover, in addition to first visits for Cooper to Frankfurt and Stuttgart. October was quieter, with just one sortie to Kassel. But for the rest of 1943, after two outings to French targets at Modane and Cannes in November, the “Battle of Berlin” virtually took over No. 97’s offensive brief, albeit with a few extra German targets such as Dusseldorf, Mannheim, Frankfurt and Stuttgart in between. Thus three successive trips to the “Big City” on the nights of 18, 22 and 23 November, and another two in December, on the nights of the 16th and 29th. At the end of the month Cooper completed his first tour of operations, was recommended for the D.F.C. and immediately volunteered for a second tour. Now an accomplished Bomb Aimer, with a highly skilled pilot and crew, he was flying as Primary Blind Marker. And he had already acted on many occasions as H2S Leader, manning his set in a seat beside the Navigator as their Lancaster made its run up to the target. Max Hastings credits him in Bomber Command with having devised ‘a range of new methods of handling the set.’ And no doubt such dedication assisted him in surviving the coming onslaught, no less than six trips to Berlin in the month of January 1944, all of which resulted in his Lancaster being engulfed by the box of shellbursts that spelt out ‘predicted flak.’ It was Cheshire, no less, who had told his pilots to get out of such boxes ‘as quickly as you know.’ But as evidenced by the consistent damage inflicted on their aircraft, de Wesselow and his crew remained firmly commited to their marking run, whatever the cost. They also attacked heavily defended Magdeburg in the same month. February, mercifully, offered some respite from the “Big City”, just one sortie being flown, against Frankfurt on the night of the 15th-16th. Conversely, March brought four more German sorties, including Berlin on the night of 24th-25th, in addition to Cooper’s fifth trip to Frankfurt and third to Stuttgart, and the disastrous strike against Nuremburg on the last day of the month. All of these latter sorties were flown with Flying Officer Ellsmere, who had recently taken over from the long served and gallant de Wesselow. The closing chapter in Cooper’s remarkable operational career, between April and July 1944, saw him serving as a Navigator and participating in sorties against Aachen, Munich (his third), and four French targets, the latter including a strike against gun emplacements at St. Pierre du Mont on the night that heralded the arrival of D Day invasion force. His pilot on this occasion was Squadron Leader Arthur Ingham, who, according to Max Hastings in Bomber Command, was ‘a tall, balding son of a northern wool-merchant’s family who was older than most and said little about his experiences, but was respected as a superb operational captain.’ Ingham once brought his Lancaster back from a raid on Bordeaux on two engines - and with 160 holes in it. Cooper also flew on a mission to Nevers on 15 July, the penultimate sortie of his second tour, with Wing Commander Anthony “Smiler” Heward as his pilot. The latter had recently arrived as C.O., his brief being to concentrate his men on mastering target illumination. But he also had the unpopular and Herculean task of attempting to get the aircrew to behave in a more disciplined manner on the ground, a battle that had little chance of success. Indeed up until now Cooper often had to sleep with a revolver under his pillow, in order to defend himself against the two high spirited New Zealanders who shared his room - after a few drinks they were inclined to assault him. Fortuitously, however, the pressures of air (and ground) operations with No. 97 came to an end on the 30 July, when Cooper completed the final sortie of his second tour in a daylight strike against front line enemy positions in the vicinity of Cahagnes. He was recommended for a Bar to his DFC
439 CooperJoseph Arthur GordonFlying Officer26756AustraliaRAAF57Sqn RAF
1944-11-06RAAF Honour Roll
440 CooteArthur WilliamFlight Sergeant1295109Wireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command83Sqn
1944-01-20LancasterIIIED974OL-YWyton1603BerlinProbable claim by Hptm Werner Hoffmann Stab I/NJG5 - 20km NNE of Rathenow (EE9): 6,400m at 1920 hrs (Local). (Nachtjagd War Diaries Volume 1 - Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten). Crashed on the outskirts of Dreetz, 8 km South of Neustadt / Dosse (Brandenburg)KilledBerlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery Plot 9 Row D Grave 12Husband of Olive Mary Coote of Old Balderton, Nottinghamshire

The Burgomeister of Dreetz and several of the local inhabitants stated that the a/c was shot down by a night fighter. It exploded in mid air and crashed outside Dreetz. The bodies of six members of the crew were found scattered round the countryside. Nobody was sure that on the same night of the crash an airman who had parachuted was seen to pass through the village (Dreetz) and knock on the door of a house. The airman may have been Sgt MacKinnon (Extract from report by Berlin Detachment No 4 MREU signed by Sqn Ldr J W Willis-Richards OC Berlin Detachment dated 6 September 1947)
441 CopeArthur ReginaldSergeant409294AustraliaRAAFAttached RAF Gibraltar1943-03-09RAAF Honour Roll
442 CopelandBen BalesSergeantR/7956410 May 1921 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, CanadaCanadianFlight EngineerRCAFBomber Command405Sqn RCAF
1942-10-01HalifaxIIW7710LQ-R 'Ruhr Valley Express' RAF Topcliffe, North Riding of Yorkshire 1753FlensburgConed by 1 Res/Flakscheinw Abt 609 (Werfer 12). Shot down by 1-4 Res Flak Abt 306 and 1-3/lei Flak Abt 755 near Flensburg Klushof Niehuus at 2236hrs. Crashed Niehuus 6km NNW of Flensburg. Nachtjagd Combat Archives The Early Years Part 3 - Theo BoitenKilledRunnymede Memorial Panel 107 Paradie Archive Database Initially buried at Friedenshugel Cemetery Flensburg on 6 Oct 1942. When their bodies were ready to be moved to Kiel War Cemetery it was found that Sgt Copeland RCAF and Flt Sgt Vineberg could not be identified and as a result are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. However, Mr Copeland received a letter from Wg Cdr Gunn RCAF stating that his son was buried in Kiel War Cemetery. This discrepancy has yet to be resolved.

Son of David Arthur and Winifred Victoria Copeland, of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
443 CoplandFrankPilot Officer161569Age 29Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command190Sqn1944-07-23StirlingIVLJ882L9-HRAF Fairford, GloucestershireSOE 'Rupert' See archive report for further details KilledGraffigny-Chemin Communal Cemetery. Collective grave 12-22 Read Archive Report
444 CorderyDerek Albert ArthurPilot Officer136360Age ?NavigatorRAFVRBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-09-08StirlingIIIBK809AA-TRAF Mepal, Cambridgeshire2130Boulogne See archive report for further details InjuredNone - survived the war Read Archive Report
445 CorlettGeoffrey ScottFlight SergeantNZ/42289Air BomberRNZAFBomber Command75Sqn RNZAF
1943-08-02StirlingIIIBF577JN-M (C Flight)Mepal2331Hamburg See Archive report for further details KilledHamburg Cemetery. Grave 4A.D.9 Read Archive Report
446 CornwellReginald SydneySergeant1330214Born in 3rd Qtr 1922 in St Olave in LondonWireless Operator/Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command101 Sqn
1944-01-14LancasterIIILM367SR:CLudford MagnaBraunschweig - ABC DutiesProbable claim by Lt. Peter Spoden, his 4th Abschuss from 5./NJG5 - West of Braunschweig at 19:30 hrs XI Luftgau crash report:- “Lancaster 19:30 hrs Lautental in Harz, J(äger)”. (Nachtjagd Combat Archive (1 January - 15 March 1944) Part 1 - Theo Boiten). The aircraft crashed into or near a slate quarry at Lautental 10km SW of Goslar.KilledHanover War Cemetery Plot 1 Row G Grave 3.
ABC or "Airborne Cigar" was a system designed to jam the radio frequencies used by the Germans to transmit a running commentary on the night’s events to their Night fighters. The eight crew member on these sorties was German speaking

Sgt Cornwall, Sgt Bateman and Sgt Clements were initially buried on 16 January 1944 at Lautental

Son of Arthur Edward and Maude Catherine (née Minshall) Cornwell
447 CorserArthur Henry CadellFlying Officer404452AustraliaRAAFAttached RAF Station Portreath1942-01-09RAAF Honour Roll
448 CosgrovePeter MichaelSergeant1585898Age ?Air GunnerRAFVRBomber Command100Sqn
1943-05-27LancasterIIIED821HW-ARAF Grimsby, Lincolnshire2232Essen See archive report for further details KilledWonseradeel Protestant Churchyard (Witmarsum). Row 37. Grave 17Read Archive Report
449 CottamAlden PrestonWarrant OfficerR/93558Age 30canadaW/Op/Air/GunnerRCAFBomber Command617Sqn
1943-05-16LancasterIIIED937AJ-ZRAF Scampton Lincolnshire2159Chastise: Dambusters RaidSee archive report for further detailsKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery. Grave 5.C.1.
.Born on the 09th August 1912 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Son of Edwin Arthur Cottam (died 1951, age 73) and Margaret Alice Cottam (née English - died 1951, age 73) of Jasper Park, Alberta, Canada

Epitaph: 'He Gave His Life That We Might Live. Ever In Our Thoughts. Mum, Dad And Sisters'.

450 CottonMaxwell TylneyPilot OfficerAUS/408204Born on the 02nd May 1921 Age 22AustralianPilotDFC

RAAFFighter Command263Sqn
1943-06-15WhirlwindIP7000HE-?RAF Warmwell, Dorset543Shipping RecceSee archive report for brief detailsMissing - believed killedRunnymede Memorial. Panel 190. Son of Arthur Tylney Cotton and Louisa Kate Cotton, of Swansea, Tasmania, Australia
courtesy Australian Archives
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