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The Airmen's Stories - F/O B Nokes-Cooper


Benjamin Nokes-Cooper was born Benjamin Nokes on 19th April 1908 in Manchester.

His mother Georgina Cooper died in 1914 aged 45 and it is believed that Benjamin took her name as a tribute to her as his father George William died in 1927 as Nokes. The entry for Benjamin's marriage at Eccles Parish Church in 1934 records him as Cooper, Benjamin N.

He joined the RAF in February 1940 with a direct-entry commission as an Air Gunner. With his training completed he was posted to 236 Squadron in March 1940. He was appointed Squadron Signals Officer on 22nd July, as an Acting Flying Officer.

He was flying in Blenheim IVf FA-K N3601 which was part of an escort for bombers attacking Quequerville on 1st August 1940. The Blenheim was shot down, either by fire from ground defences or by a fighter attack by Oblt. Adolph of lll/JG27.

Both Nokes-Cooper and his pilot, S/Ldr. PE Drew, were killed.


Nokes-Cooper was 32. He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery, France.








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