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

by Norman Franks, Simon Muggleton
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Flying Among Heroes: The Story of Squadron Leader T.C.S Cooke DFC AFC DFM AE by Norman Franks, Simon Muggleton

T.S.C. Cooke joined the RAF as war began in 1939, aged 18, and trained to be a bomber pilot. Rising to the rank of squadron leader and decorated three times, Cooke bombed Berlin on 7 October 1940 in a Whitley Mk V, nearly ditching in the North Sea. Throughout this tour he faced the usual dangers of wartime aircrew, his aircraft being hit by AA fire on several occasions, once almost having to order his aircrew to bail out but landed safely at the last minute. They were also attacked by night fighters, encountered icing and even shot up a train and bomber station at tree-top level. Flying Wellingtons and Stirlings, Cooke took part in the infamous 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne and Essen, before returning to operations flying Special Ops Halifax aircraft, dropping agents into enemy-occupied France. After a dozen missions, he was shot down but he and his navigator survived and evaded capture. Helped by the French resistance, they got into Spain and returned home via Gibraltar. Both men received the DFC for their bravery. While their story is not totally unique, their adventures and courage make this tale akin to an adventure novel. NORMAN

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752486499
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: Up to 5 Years

About the Author

Norman Franks is one of the world’s leading authorities on WWI fighter aviation, having published some of the seminal works on the subject. Simon Muggleton joined the Merchant Navy after leaving London Nautical School as an apprentice deck officer with the Bank Line Steamship Company. After marrying and living in New Guinea, he returned to the UK and worked at New Scotland Yard. 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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Where warriors sleep.