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Cook, Michael Arthur (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1944-November-06

Birth Date: 1923-February-14 (age 21)

Born: Wellandport, Ontario

Paul Rhei Cook & Rose Franey Cook, of Wellandport, Ontario.

Home: Welland, Ontario

Enlistment: Hamilton, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1943-07-22

Service
RCAF
Unit
50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Sic Fidem Servamus (Thus we keep faith)
Base
RAF Skellingthorpe
Rank
Flight Sergeant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
R/263352

Took off from Skellingthorpe at 16:19 in Lancaster Mk III (Sqn code VN-M Bomber Command) on an operation to cut the Mittellandkanal at Gravenhorst, Hörstel, Germany.

Damaged by flak inbound and shot down by a night fighter out-bound and crashed near Heerde, Gelderland, Holland.

Killed includes Cook: F/O R E Rennie RCAF J/25818 pilot KIA. F/O F A Horning RCAF J/36835 KIA F/O G T G Terris RCAF J/36306 KIA Sgt G A Dunkelman RCAF R/198251 KIA F/Sgt R A Dowling RCAF R/270087 KIA Sgt W Darby RAF KIA

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Crew on Lancaster Mk.I/III LM628

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster Mk. X RCAF Serial FM 213
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The Avro Lancaster is a British Second World War heavy bomber. It was designed and manufactured by Avro as a contemporary of the Handley Page Halifax, both bombers having been developed to the same specification, as well as the Short Stirling, all three aircraft being four-engined heavy bombers adopted by the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the same wartime era.

The Lancaster has its origins in the twin-engine Avro Manchester which had been developed during the late 1930s in response to the Air Ministry Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use". Originally developed as an evolution of the Manchester (which had proved troublesome in service and was retired in 1942), the Lancaster was designed by Roy Chadwick and powered by four Rolls-Royce Merlins and in one version, Bristol Hercules engines. It first saw service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it was the main aircraft for the night-time bombing campaigns that followed. As increasing numbers of the type were produced, it became the principal heavy bomber used by the RAF, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF, overshadowing the Halifax and Stirling. Wikipedia

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last update: 2021-09-18 14:32:33

Lancaster Mk.I/III LM628

Delivered to No. 50 Sqn 26 Jun 1944. Missing on mission to Gravenhorst, 6/7 Nov 1944. 352 operational hours.


50 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Sic Fidem Servamus

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