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    Default S/L Cookson Arthur Allen of 166 Sqn

    Hello,

    I'm looking after some information about the career of S/L Cookson Arthur Allen, 40894, 166 sqn, KIA on the 03 of March 1943 over Belgium. He was the pilot of the Wellington
    HF-595. Names of the crewmembers are known to me but every complementary information is always welcome! Crew was first buried on the Allied cemetry of Saint-Trond (Belgium) and transfered to Heverlee cemetry (Belgium) after the war.
    Is there an 166 Sqn association or contact person?

    Regards,

    Alexander

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    Alexander, From the London Gazette and the London Times:
    Air Ministry,
    26th July, 1938.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation, 9th July 1938:—
    Arthur Alan COOKSON.

    Posted 8 FTS, Montrose wef 23 Jul 38.
    London Times dated 24 Aug 38

    Air Ministry.
    12th November, 1940.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:—
    3rd Sept. 1940.
    Arthur Alan COOKSON (40894).

    Air Ministry,
    21st October, 1941.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Flg. Offs. to be Flt. Lts. (war subs.) : —
    3rd Sept. 1941.
    A. A. COOKSON (40894).
    Regards, Terry

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    Hello Terry,

    Thank you very much for this very interesting information!
    Greetings,

    Alexander

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    Alexander,

    Found at http://www.associations.rafinfo.org.uk/royal-air-forces-register-of-associations.htm

    166 Sqn Associayion - W Wright, C.Eng, AMIME, MIE, 4 Parkway East, Kirby Park, Merseyside, L32 2BY: tel 0151 547 3391

    Don't know how up to date that is.

    Brian

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    Default S/L Cookson Arthur Allen

    Hello,

    Brian, thanks for the information!!!
    Greetings from Belgium


    Alexander

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    Hello

    Coming from the book "On wings of war" by Jim Wright the following appears :

    Wellington HF 595 : AS-Y, 8 ops, 44 Hours

    Night 3-4 July 1943 , not the date you posted :

    Sqn Ldr Cookson : A Flight Commander, shot down when leaving the target area (Cologne). He was a regular officer, a very experienced pilot anda highly respected Fligh Commander. Hehadcompleted 17 ops.
    F/Sgt Scarlett Bill , Bomd Aimer, DFM, 22 ops
    F/Sgt Clark Jim , Navigator, DFM, 28 ops
    P/Off Rich Ron , Wop/AG, 22 ops
    WO Pym Bill , RCAF, Wop, 17 ops

    Hope it help you

    Regards from Belgium

    René

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    Rene,

    Thanks for the information. You're right about the date it's July instead of March.
    Wellington HF 595 shot down by Hptm Wandam Siegfried of I/NJG 5 but I've a doubt about the crashplace "Neerhespen"???
    Greetings,

    Alexander

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    Hello Alexander,

    Coming from "Kriegtagesbusch NGI' :

    00.48 Wellington 8km W of Saint Trond .
    Could it be Helen Bos ?

    Best regards

    René

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    Hello Rene,

    Thanks Rene. Helen-Bos and Neerlanden are possible crashlocations. I've intervieuwed 2 witnesses of the crash of Helen-Bos and know the location of the crash. The month july 1943 corresponds with their story but one witness said that this was a Canadian crew and when I asked how he got this information he said he has seen 1 Canadian airman hanging in the barbed wires of a field....perhaps Pym William Harold, 703129 of Ontario?
    The other witness saw "a few airmen" and the aircraft crashing in a huge fireball. Also according to his statement: they were found with unopened parachutes!
    But I also have a copy of a document about a tidying of a wreck in Neerlanden in the beginning of July 1943!
    From the death registration records:
    Place of dead of Pym William: Germany???
    Regards,

    Alexander

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