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    Good morning all.

    I wonder if anyone can shed any light on the movements of the following pilot, John Charles "Jackie" Cooper DFC & Bar. I am particularly interested in his service prior to joining No. 78 Squadron and his activities after leaving. This is what I have so far.

    Service No.1119624, which suggests an enlistment of around September 1939 at Padgate.

    Commissioned No. 104361 - commissioning appears in the London Gazette as 16th October 1943, yet he is shown as a Flt when he arrives at No. 78 Squadron in August of the same year.

    Arrives No 78 Squadron 10th August 1943 as Flt, Leaves No. 78 Squadron 24th July 1944 as Acting Squadron Leader and moves to 44 Base.

    He is awarded the DFC (L/Gaz 7th December 1943) and his citation states:

    “Acting Squadron Leader John Charles Cooper (104361), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 78 Squadron

    Squadron Leader Cooper has completed a large number of sorties and has displayed great skill and devotion to duty. He has invariably pressed home his attacks with great vigour, often in the face of heavy opposition. Squadron Leader Cooper is a confident and courageous captain and his example has proved inspiring.”

    By the time of the L/Gaz publication he has only completed 7 ops with the Squadron, so my assumption is that he was already well into his first tour before he moved to 78 Squadron.

    He gains a Bar to his DFC in the 14th November 1944, according to press reports this is when he completes his second tour.

    Any information appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Daz

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    COOPER, John Charles, A/S/L, DFC (104361, RAFVR*) - No.78 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 November 1944. No citation in that publication; following text from Flight, 14 December 1944; relevant Air Ministry Bulletin may have more.

    This officer has completed his second successful tour of operations. He has always pressed home his attacks with the utmost skill and determination, and has proved himself an outstanding leader and captain of aircraft. His undaunted cheerfulness at all times and his courage and coolness in face of the enemy merit high commendation.

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    Hugh,

    Many thanks.

    Daz

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    Hi Daz
    He appears to have been commissioned on 30th Aug 1941.

    THE LONDON GAZETTE, 30 SEPTEMBER, 1941 5663 refers

    As Pilot Officer on probation.

    1119624 John Charles COOPER (104361).



    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../5663/data.pdf

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    SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 9 OCTOBER, 1942 4385

    Pit. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be
    Flg. Offs. (war subs.)

    J. C. COOPER (104361). 3Oth Aug. 1942.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...35736/data.pdf

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    BVS,

    Many thanks much appreciated and makes more sense than what I originally had.

    Just need to work out which Squadron he was on for his first tour.

    Thanks again

    Daz

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    Daz,

    Screened Aircrew (instructors) at 22 OTU.

    Rank: F/Lt.
    Names: J. C.
    Surname: Cooper.
    Comment: 104361; pilot; 13-14/09/1942 Wellington X3197 of 22 OTU ops Bremen; 10/08/1943 posted to 78 Sqn.

    http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.u...n_of_22otu.htm

    Col.

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    Col,

    many thanks, very helpful.

    Daz

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    Terry,
    Many thanks, much appreciated
    Daz

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