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    Default First Australian to shoot down enemy aircraft.

    Picked this up on another forum, looked through my reference books but could find nothing to add, wondered if anyone could help?

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    First Australian to shoot down an enemy aircraft in WW II
    P/O John R.Cock flew with No 87 Squadron and was the first Australian to shoot down an enemy aircraft in WW II. He baled out of his Hurricane I (V7233) safely after being shot down off Portland Bill on the 11th of August 1940 at 10:50hrs by Helmut Wick in a Bf 109. He swam ashore slightly injured. The Hurricane I (V7233) LV-K was recovered in 1983 and was on display at Tangmere Aviation Museum.


    This tells you that he was the first, it tells you he baled out on the 11th of August.

    Does anybody have any information whether or not these two events occurred on the same day?

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    Cock's first confirmed kill was a He111 on 12 May.

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    Thanks Amrit

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    Peter

    do you want his entry from Ace's High? It t states that his first claim, a He111 on 10 April actually survived and his second claim or a Ju88 on 10 May should be considered a shared.

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