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The Airmen's Stories - P/O A M Cooper-Key


Aston Maurice Cooper-Key was born on 19th August 1918 and went to Sherborne School. He joined the RAF on a short service commission in April 1938. After completing his training he was posted to 23 Squadron at Wittering on January 14th 1939.



He moved to 46 Squadron at Digby in July 1940. On the 24th he was killed when he crashed on a railway embankment west of Peartree Station, Normanton near Derby, attempting a forced-landing in Hurricane P2685.

It is believed that he aborted a landing on a recreation ground there when he spotted boys playing football.

Cooper-Key was 21.

He is buried in Scopwick Burial Ground, Lincolnshire.

In July 2008 a memorial service was held at the crash site.





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