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    Have just finished reading Star Dust Falling by Jay Rayner which was suggested by one of my friends on another forum. He has requested further information about the pilot Reginald Cook DSO, DFC & DFM. He ended his career at 608 Sqn before joining BSAA see http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/british-aircraft-found-in-andes-after-53-years-727154.html for further insight without reading the book. Can anyone tell me the citations for his rack of medals? I know if anyone can help you guys will be able to!
    Many thanks in advance.
    Dee

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    I expect he is in the photo on this page of FLight, 1947:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/british-aircraft-found-in-andes-after-53-years-727154.html

    Actually definetly mentioned in the text,
    "After warming up his engines, Capt. R. J. Cook, D.S.O., D.F.C., D.F.M., taxied out and as we left I noticed Sir Alan Cobham taking a keen interest in our departure."

    then searching in the London Gazette:

    Gazette Issue 35454 published on the 10 February 1942. Page 2 of 4
    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    744985 Sergeant Reginald James COOK, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 15 Squadron.
    (No citation printed)

    Gazette Issue 35565 published on the 19 May 1942. Page 5 of 48
    RAFVR
    F/Sgt to P/O (Probation)
    744985 Reginald James COOK, D.F.M. (121047).

    Gazette Issue 35845 published on the 29 December 1942
    Also mentioned, probably confirm as P/O, look it up

    Gazette Issue 36520 published on the 16 May 1944. Page 4 of 8
    F/O to be F/Lt

    Gazette Issue 36997 published on the 20 March 1945. Page 5 of 8
    DFC Award
    F/Lt Reginald James COOK, D.F.M. (121047), R.A.F.V.R., 608 Sqn
    (No citation printed)

    Gazette Issue 37277 published on the 18 September 1945. Page 1 of 6
    DSO Award
    F/Lt Reginald James COOK, D.F.C., D.F.M. (121047), R.A.F.V.R., 608 Sqn.
    (No citation printed)


    So no citiation for any of his awards in the London Gazette.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Flight Archives to the rescue slightly:

    DFM Citation
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1942/1942%20-%200478.html?search=J. Cook
    Set. R. J . COOK. R.A.F.V.R., No. 15 Squadron.
    —This airman has participated in torties against enemy targets, including dockyards, railways, oil refineries, airdromes and other targets in enemy country. He has participated in attacks on Berlin on four occasions.
    In December, 1941. Sgt. Cook was the observer of the leading aircraft of a formation of Stirlings which took part in a daylight raid on the enemy warships at Brest. His precise navigation enabled the formation to bomb their objective at
    exactly the stipulated time, in spite of fierce opposition.
    Sgt. Cook is a most efficient navigator bomb aimer who has consistently displayed courage and perseverance.

    DFC is here but no citation
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1945/1945%20-%201027.html?search=Cook

    DSO Citiation
    http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1945/1945%20-%202084.html?search=R. J. Cook

    Fit. Lt. R. J. COOK, DF.C D.F.M., R.A.F.V.R., No. 608 Sqn.
    —Fit. Lt. Cook has proved himself to be a most skilful and courageous operational pilot. Up has recently completed a third tour of operational duty. Hi*; sorties have all been completed over enemy territory in Germany and occupied Europe, and heavy anti-aircraft defences have frequently been encountered. This officer took an effective part in the
    final prolonged bomber offensive against Berlin. Fit. Lt. Cook has operated continuously from the*, early days of the war till the present time. His many successes have made him a valuable asset to his squadron
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    Thanks so much for that guys. Will put the link on so Andy can have a browse.
    Dee :-)

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