The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. C J Cooney
Cecil John Cooney of Rhos Robin, Denbighshire was born in Warwick on 10th April 1914 and educated at Birmingham Junior Technical School. He joined the RAF as an Aircraft Apprentice in January 1930 and passed out in December 1932 from Halton as a Metal Rigger.
Cooney later successfully applied for pilot training and he was with 56 Squadron in early 1940. Over Dunkirk on 27th May he claimed the probable destruction of a He111.
On 29th July 1940 Cooney was shot down by a Me109. His Hurricane, P3879, crashed and exploded in the Channel off Dover.
Cooney was 26 years old. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 10.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner