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    Default 9th April 1940 Leading Airman H. E. Cook Killed Mystery

    According to Naval History .net the following is posted

    Tuesday, 9 April 1940
    Service Flying Training School, No.1, Netheravon, air crash
    COOK, Herbert E, Leading Airman, C/JX 138744, killed
    Leading Airman H. E. Cook was killed when his
    RAF Battle of 1 SFTS Netheravon crashed near Collingbourne Kingston, Wiltshire
    Passenger AC 2/c W. I. Hammond was also killed.

    I have a slight issue with this

    I accept HERBERT EDWIN Cook was killed on this date his death is registered at Devizes Aged 23

    However, I can't find a Battle loss on this date, nor the death of AC 2/c W. I. Hammond

    who might actually be Flight Lieutenant WILSON IRWIN HAMMOND Service No: 37065 who was killed 13/11/1939 and is buried at Netheravon

    Can anyone square this circle and provide the serials of Cook's machine and made Hammonds in 1939

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    Hammond was in 13.11.39 Harvard I N7043 1 FTS near Netheravon

    He was with Sub-Lieutenant (A) DONALD COPSEY who was also killed

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    From the F1180


    Battle K7609 - 2 killed, L/A H E Cook pilot in command.


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    Paul,

    Battle K7609.

    52 Sqn - 25.11.37
    15 ERFTS - 15.1.39
    7 FTS - 8.9.39

    Hit ground in turn while low flying, Collingbourne Kingston, Wilts., 9.1.40. L/A H. E Cook and passenger killed. SOC 23.4.40

    The Battle File/Shail p.126

    Col.

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    Ross/Col

    Thanks very interesting! I can't find a second casualty on Battle K7609 on that date that could match on CWGC

    The only two deaths on register that could fit via age are:

    Pratt Victor H 18 Devizes 5a 278
    Watson Stanley 22 Devizes 5a 278

    But both not on CWGC unless the mystery crewman died later in hospital elsewhere


    Paul

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    From Priddle's invaluable Wings over Wiltshire:

    LA Herbert E Cook, RN, of HMS Daedalus, and AC2 Alfred C Lucas, RAF, were killed on Tuesday 9 April 1940 in Battle K7609, which crashed at Collingbourne Kingston when low-flying. AC2 Lucas was buried at Netheravon All Saints Churchyard on 12 April. AC1 Ralph Godden attended as a member of the burial party.

    Brian

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    Brian
    Thanks another mystery sorted. Note to self cross reference BMD ages with CWGC. Adjacent on register

    Lucas Alfred C 80 Devizes 5a 278

    Lucas was 20 not 80 which is what is typed on the register!

    Paul

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