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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 father was George William Nokes (1870-1927).

His mother Georgina Lucy nee Cooper died in 1914 aged 43 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 to Phyllis Doreen Lovelock at Eccles Parish Church in 1934 records him as Cooper, Benjamin N.

The 1939 Census records him as a 'General Store Manager' at Worsbrough near Barnsley.

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 airfield 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. His body was washed up at Nacqueville, north of Cherbourg, and buried in the churchyard there. The area was heavily bombed later in the war and the church destroyed. In 1948 he was reinteered in Bayeux War Cemetery, France.

Drew was washed up at Biville and lies in the churchyard there.







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