Flying Among Heroes: The Story of Squadron Leader T.C.S. Cooke DFC AFC DFM AE

Flying Among Heroes: The Story Of Squadron Leader T C S Cooke Dfc Afc Dfm Ae
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The flags indicate which authority file had at least some publications from the country or region :. ISBN Pages published in ISBN pages and published in After the fall of France in June the bombing offensive turned towards Germany. In October resumed its bombing role, moving to Linton-on-Ouse. In November the squadron moved again, this time to Topcliffe, and on the 16th February Sergeant Axtell left the squadron having completed a full tour of 28 bombing sorties along with four convoy escorts with Coastal Command.

The local paper reported that Dennis was in RAF uniform whilst the bride wore a two-piece ensemble of turquoise blue, trimmed with fur with a small hat to match, along with wine coloured gloves and shoes. Twenty guests attended the reception with over 70 presents being given to the bride and groom, after which they left for a honeymoon in London. Their first op together as a new crew was on the 9th January dropping sea mines along the Frisian Islands located just off the Dutch and German coasts.

Three days later they would be really tested, this time it was an eight hour return trip to Berlin.

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This was the first raid on Berlin for 14 months by four engined aircraft but was deemed a failure due to the scattering of bombs off target, due to thick cloud and haze. On the plus side, flak was light, due to half the personnel being away on training courses, resulting in only one Lancaster being lost. On the 27th January a five hour round trip to Dusseldorf was undertaken by aircraft which proved successful, bombs finding their targets due to the Pathfinder Mosquitoes using Oboe radio signals guiding them in dropping marking flares accurately.

A devastating attack was again made on Lorient on the 7th February, followed a week later by a trip to Cologne.

Like the earlier op to Berlin this was not a success, out of the aircraft sent, only 50 of them managed to hit the target. On the 22nd February Wing Commander Sawyer made a recommendation for the award of a Distinguished Flying Medal to be conferred upon Flight Sergeant Axtell, having by then completed 34 bombing sorties Flight Sergeant Axtell has carried out 34 bombing sorties and 4 convoy Escort patrols and is on his second tour of operations.

He has always shown consistent keenness and his work as Wireless Operator has contributed largely to the successful operations carried out by the aircraft in which he has flown. Throughout both his tours of operations he has displayed unusual initiative and his resourcefulness and skill has proved a big asset to the completion of many successful sorties.

His cheerful courage, unselfishness, and sacrifice well deserves recognition by the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal.

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He has set a fine example to the rest of the Squadron. I recommend that his good work be recognised by the award of the DFM". I strongly recommend the award of the DFM". It would take another two months before the award was published in the London Gazette on the 20th April Another bombing failure would occur during the attack on Hamburg by aircraft on the 3rd March , most of the bombs falling 13 miles away due to a mistake by the Pathfinders.

Their next trip two days later on the 5th was to bomb Essen. The crew must have started to worry if their luck was starting to run out during this Battle of the Ruhr? Duisburg was the next target on the 26th when aircraft took part, but it was deemed a failure due to cloud over the target.

On the 27th March another eight hour round trip to Berlin by a total aircraft taking part. Because of this failure Berlin was chosen again two days later with aircraft taking part. Again the majority of bombs fell 6 miles short south east of the city. It was reported that many decoy fires may have drawn away the force from the main target. F Anderson.

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On the 8th April Sgt. Anderson again flew with them on an op to bomb Duisberg from a height of 18, feet. The Pathfinders were once again hampered by thick cloud and minimal damage was inflicted on the city. Luckily for Sgt. He then transferred to Sussex Police before his retirement. He is a keen researcher on the RAF and its crews, with a particular interest in the Battle of Britain. He has co-authored three other books with Norman Franks.

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Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller. Book Description The History Press, New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since Seller Inventory FV Language: English. Brand new Book. Following the extraordinary career of a Second World War bomber pilot, Flying Among Heroes brings together adventure and human daring with the harsh realities of being a member of the wartime Royal Air Force.

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Tom Cooke, like hundreds of other young men in , joined up to the RAF just a few days before war began aged 18, being selected for pilot training. Just five years later, he had flown fifty-one operations, taken part in the Berlin bombings and three 1,bomber raids, and had even taken part in special operations in conjunction with the SOE.

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Not only did Cooke volunteer for an optional second and third tour of operations, but he was also shot down over France on his thirteenth special operation, survived the bale out with his crew and evaded capture. Helped by the French Resistance, he managed to make his way into Spain and was taken back to England from Gibraltar. Unsurprisingly, considering Cooke's outstanding bravery and patriotism, he was decorated multiple times in his career.

Franks and Muggleton make use of primary documentation, including Cooke's own words, and contemporary images to put together a poignant story of wartime duty. In an effort to portray the situation for many young men like Cooke, much information is included on other squadrons and operations, as well as on Bomber Command itself.

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