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    Default Frank Cooper: 234 Squadron CO?

    Hello,
    Does anyone know if 234 Squadron had a temporary CO in the last days of the war?
    Namely, Frank Bell Cooper, an RAAF pilot who joined 234 Squadron 26/3/45. His service records-which are online at NAA-indicate he was made both A/F/L (A Flight cdr?) and A/S/L on 24/4/45. He served with 19 Squadron from 12/42-8/44. His service no: 409085.


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    G'day Bruce

    There is no confirmation in the 234Sqn ORB. The CO 'JAS' Storrar was promoted to command Hunsdon Wing on 20 April and the ORB records on that date "We are sorry he (Storrar) is going but have a good successor in F/Lt Steib who is taking over the Squadron." Peter Steib was on a Fighter Leader's Course at this time and did not return until 27 April but there is no record of Cooper covering the "vacancy".

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    G'day Chaps

    For what it's worth, here's what I have for commanding officers from the beginning to 1945 to July, 1946.

    Squadron Leader P. L Arnott assumed command of the squadron from Squadron Leader Bocock D.F.C. circa October, 1943.

    Squadron Leader Storrar took over sometime in April, 1945. He commanded the squadron until handing over the reigns to Flight Lieutenant Steibe in April, 1945.

    F/L Steibe was followed by Squadron Leader J. A. Plagis D.S.O. D.F.C. and Bar in July, 1946.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Bruce,
    A/F/L and A/S/L are acting ranks (Acting Flight Lieutenant, Acting Squadron Leader), that is not substantive ranks, although acting rank did entitle the individual concerned to wear the rank badges and be paid the rates appropriate to the acting rank, as it did carry the additional responsibilities of the post. In a WW2 RAF fighter squadron the two flight commanders were frequently substantive Flying Officers with acting rank of F/L (normal rank required for flight commander), whereas in a Bomber or Coastal Command squadron the CO was a Wing Commander, and the flight commanders were rank of S/L (all posts carried these ranks, but many, if not most of the incumbents would have substantive rank one or two places below the acting rank).
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    Default Frank Cooper 234 Squadron

    Hi,
    Thanks for your responses. It could be that Cooper held the reigns for a brief period and
    was accordingly promoted A/S/L, although there mightn't be any documentation to confirm
    this, only his service records to suggest it.
    Is there any mention of Cooper in the 234Sqn ORB, Steve?


    Cheers, Bruce

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