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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A Hook


Archie Hook, of Beeston, Nottinghamshire, was born in early 1922, the son of Archibald and Mary Matilda Hook.

He attended St. Anns and Morley Schools in Leeds. After leaving he was employed by Henton and Chattell, Ironmongers.

Hook joined the RAF in June 1939 as an Aircrafthand. He later remustered as an Airman u/t WOp/AG and after completing his training he joined 248 Squadron on 10th September 1940.

On 13th December 1940 Hook's Blenheim L9455 took off from Sumburgh to deploy to Wick for operations. Climbing out after takeoff it struck Blenheim R3625 and both aircraft fell into the sea.

Both aircraft were also carrying groundcrew and all ten men were lost.

Those lost were:


P/O JD Dodd
P/O AH Pettet

LAC LSJ Bright
AC1 AEH Moore


Sgt. JS Hamilton
Sgt. HW Walmsley
Sgt. JH May
AC1 S Julian
AC1 GW Monks


Hook was 18. He is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 15.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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