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Flight Lieutenant Alastair John COOK (87071) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve


Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Lancaster III ND562
 IBCC

Death of Death 1944-03-31 Age : 32 years.

Served in 12 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : 14. D. 17. at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Germany

More Details: SON OF DAVID AND NETTIE COOK; HUSBAND OF WINIFREDE ISOBEL HELENE COOK, OF EDINBURGH.

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London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
87071968456 Alastair John COOKLondon Gazette supplement : 34996 , Dated 1940-11-19 , Download #34996
87071A J COOKLondon Gazette issue : 35319 , Dated 1941-10-21 , Download #35319
87071A J COOKLondon Gazette supplement : 35801 , Dated 1942-11-24 , Download #35801

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Aircraft Name: Lancaster III ND562 Date of Crash: 31 Mar 44 Unit 12 Sqdn Airfield /Crash Location , Germany
Aircrew details
Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetery/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flight SergeantRichard Frederick BAYLEY (658573) Air Gunner Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Flight LieutenantAlastair John COOK (87071) Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerChristopher Humphrey COTTON MINCHIN (172470) Pilot Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerMaurice Rene Nicolas MOUCHET (J/85366) Navigator Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerJack Ernest McINNES (J/88856) Air Gunner Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerBernard SALT (54522) Wireless Op Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
SergeantKenneth Launcelot SUMMERSCALE (1862419) Flight Engi Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Pilot OfficerRobert TIMPERLEY (173558) Air Bomber Lancaster III ND562  IBCC 1944-03-3112 Sqdn AIR27 GermanyRheinberg War Cemetery
Details
Source Henk Welting's Database

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12 Sqn crew; Tuck, Pollard, Cheadle, Timperley, Summerscale, McInnes, GerelliHello there, I have only today joined this forum, so apologies for butting in, however, I am trying to find out some more information about my Uncle, Bernard Salt who is mentioned in your comments with regards to 12 Squadron. Sgt Esmond FARFAN may have remembered him although he was only with 12 Squadron for a short time. Anyway perhaps the little information I have may be of assistance to others researching too. So here goes, most of the information has be provided via the museum curator nne Law at RAF Wickenby: Bernard was posted into 12 Squadron from 625 Squadron on 4 November 1943, for some reason he didn't take part in any operations until 15 March 1944 although the rest of his crew did. P/O Bernard Salt was a Wireless Operator, and took part in 6 operations with 12 Squadron. He was killed in action when Lancaster ND562 PH-D was shot down by a night fighter while on operations to Nurenburg on the night of 30/31 March 1944. [CENTER][CENTER][B]ND562 PH-D and N0562 Lancaster III[/B][/CENTER][/CENTER] On 30 March 1944 on an operation to Nuremburg a Lancaster III was shot down and crashed at approximately 00:30 hours 1km north of Ho1zeim by Mechernich Iffel. The plane eventually crashed into a field on the south side a village. All crew members died and were originally buried by the Red Cross in the Municipal Cemetery Ho1zeim but now the deceased are buried in the British Military Cemetery Rheinberg. There were 7 crew members in total with 2 of them being Canadian: • Flight Lieutenant Alastair John Cook who was aged 32: he was the captain and pilot of the crew. He had successfully been in 20 operations with 12 squadron before his death. • Pilot Officer Christopher Humphrey Cotton Minchin who was aged 23; he was the second pilot of the crew so it would have been his first operation. •Sergeant Kenneth Launcelot Summerscale who was a Flight Engineer within the crew. This was his 11th operation with 12 squadron. • Pilot officer Maurice Rene Nicolas Mouchet was the first of the two Canadians and was the navigator of the plane. Sadly this was only his first operation with 12 squadron. • The air bomber of the crew was Pilot Officer Robert Timperley aged 26. This was also his 6 operation with 12 squadron. • Pilot Officer Bernard Salt, aged 23, was the Wireless Operator of the plane. This had been Salt’s 6th operation with 12 squadron. • Pilot Officer Jack Ernest McInnes was the second Canadian and the Mid-Upper Gunner. He had also been on 5 Successful operations with 12 squadron before his death. • 25 year old Sergeant Robert Bayley was the rear gunner of the crew. He had been on 6 operations with 12 squadron. [B]SALT, BERNARD[/B] Rank:Pilot Officer Trade:W.Op./Air Gnr. Service No:54522 Date of Death:31/03/1944 Age:23 Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force 12 Sqdn. Grave Reference:14. D. 21. Cemetery:[URL="http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/2002800/RHEINBERG%20WAR%20CEMETERY"]RHEINB ....Read More.Martin Brown on 14th July 2015 03:23:40
12 Sqn crew; Tuck, Pollard, Cheadle, Timperley, Summerscale, McInnes, GerelliHello all One of my research subjects is Pilot Officer Harry Humphrey Tuck who was killed on the night of 28/29 July 1944. At the time of his death he was a pilot with 625 sqn who he joined in April 44 but he had previously served on 12 Sqn from November 43 to March 44. I have a copy of a photograph of Harry Tuck with his 12 Sqn crew who had been posted in from 1656 Conversion Unit: Sgt. JC Pollard 14255043 Navigator Sgt. JE Cheadle 1128020 Wireless Operator Sgt. Kenneth Launcelot Summerscale 1862419 Flight Engineer W/O Robert Timperley 751155 Air Bomber Sgt. Jack Earnest McInnes RCAF R179691 Air Gunner Sgt. RG Gerreli 1387977 Air Gunner Summerscale, Timperley and McInnes were killed when ND562 (captained by F/L Cook) was shot down on the night of 30/31 March 44. At this time Harry Tuck had been posted to 11 Base RAF Lindholme. Robert Timperley was aged 26 and the son of George and Agnes Rose Timperley and the husband of Edith Edna Haynes Timperley, of Whalley, Blackburn, Lancashire. Jack McInnes was the Son of Arthur and Hettie E. McInnes, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Harry Tuck was aged 21 and was the son of Arthur Edward and Patience Tuck, of Withington, Manchester. I would be pleased to hear from anyone with any information about Harry Tuck or any of his 12 Sqn crew. Regards Mike ....Read More.MikeW156 on 1st May 2010 01:48:27
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12 Sqn crew; Tuck, Pollard, Cheadle, Timperley, Summerscale, McInnes, Gerelli[QUOTE=MikeW156;47849]Hello all One of my research subjects is Pilot Officer Harry Humphrey Tuck who was killed on the night of 28/29 July 1944. At the time of his death he was a pilot with 625 sqn who he joined in April 44 but he had previously served on 12 Sqn from November 43 to March 44. I have a copy of a photograph of Harry Tuck with his 12 Sqn crew who had been posted in from 1656 Conversion Unit: Sgt. JC Pollard 14255043 Navigator Sgt. JE Cheadle 1128020 Wireless Operator Sgt. Kenneth Launcelot Summerscale 1862419 Flight Engineer W/O Robert Timperley 751155 Air Bomber Sgt. Jack Earnest McInnes RCAF R179691 Air Gunner Sgt. RG Gerreli 1387977 Air Gunner Summerscale, Timperley and McInnes were killed when ND562 (captained by F/L Cook) was shot down on the night of 30/31 March 44. At this time Harry Tuck had been posted to 11 Base RAF Lindholme. Robert Timperley was aged 26 and the son of George and Agnes Rose Timperley and the husband of Edith Edna Haynes Timperley, of Whalley, Blackburn, Lancashire. Jack McInnes was the Son of Arthur and Hettie E. McInnes, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Harry Tuck was aged 21 and was the son of Arthur Edward and Patience Tuck, of Withington, Manchester. I would be pleased to hear from anyone with any information about Harry Tuck or any of his 12 Sqn crew. Regards Mike[/QUOTE] Dear Mike I hope this reaches you - it's been a while since your post. John Pollard was my father. He died in 1987, and, now I am approaching retirement myself, I've been trying to research his service record. Sadly, I have no photos of him whilst at Wickenby, but I do have some paperwork, including his flying logbook. I would love a copy of the photo, if that's possible, and am more than happy to send you a copy of his logbook, along with any other information I've managed to gather. You can call me on 01473 710160 at any time, if that's easier. Sincerely Chris ....Read More.Chrispol on 22nd September 2015 06:11:53
12 Sqn crew; Tuck, Pollard, Cheadle, Timperley, Summerscale, McInnes, Gerelli[QUOTE=MikeW156;111395]Hello Martin Good to hear from you and thanks for contributing to the thread. When researching bomber crews, it's fascinating to see the unexpected directions you can take. I started with a 166 Sqn airman who, with his crew transferred to 156 Sqn PFF. They were killed in February 44 and in July 44, the body of a 625 Sqn navigator was buried in the same cemetery plot. His pilot had been P/O Harry Tuck who, before 625 Sqn, had been on 12 Sqn with Timperley, Summerscale, McInnes, etc. Circumstances led to Timperley, Summerscale and McInnes joining F/L Cook's crew and their eventual terrible fate on the Nuremburg raid. Regards Mike See also [URL]http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?15830-Lancaster-nd562-12-sq-downed-march-31-1944-(nurember-raid)-information-help[/URL][/QUOTE] Mike, your final comment intrigues me. Do you have any idea what were the 'circumstances' which led to the crew being split up? Timperley, Summerscale and McInnes were all a part of Tuck's crew, along with Pollard, my father. His logbook comes to a sudden stop not long before the ill-fated Nuremburg raid. The take-off incident sounds unpleasant, but that clearly wasn’t the reason for the sudden cessation of entries - Harry Tuck's crew, including my father, flew another five times after this in February, including raids on Berlin (15th Feb 1944) and Leipzig (19th Feb 1944). The Leipzig raid was the last entry in Father's logbook. Chris ....Read More.Chrispol on 22nd September 2015 05:22:34

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