A.M. Cook crew 2.1.44

02/01/1944 – Mining off the Frisian Islands
Three aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs, which were all successfully dropped in the allotted area. No opposition was met and the operation was uneventful. There was 7/10ths cloud in the mining area, but visibility was good. Navigation was very good.

Stirling Mk.III EF181 JN-S

Sgt. Anthony Martindale Cook, RAFVR 1503607 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Holsey Simpson, RAFVR 1096276 – Navigator.
Sgt. J. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Leonard Charles Barrett, RAFVR 1467119 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald William Wood, RAFVR 1607905 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Geoffrey Thomas Clouter, RAFVR 1652839 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Harrison Armstrong Forster, RAFVR 1592020 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off – Landed
Flight Time 04:40

06/01/1944 – Mining in the Gironde Estuary
Eight aircraft were detailed to carry out the above operation with mines of 1,500 lbs., which were dropped in the allotted area. This was a successful and uneventful operation, some A.A. Fire was encountered but no aircraft received any damage. A few enemy aircraft were seen, and one short combat took place and the enemy aircraft was claimed as damaged. The weather was good with no cloud and visibility was perfect. Navigation was excellent.

Stirling Mk.III LJ441 JN-P

Sgt. Anthony Martindale Cook, RAFVR 1503607 – Pilot.
Sgt. Charles Holsey Simpson, RAFVR 1096276 – Navigator.
Sgt. J. Jones, RAFVR – Air Bomber.
Sgt. Leonard Charles Barrett, RAFVR 1467119 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Ronald William Wood, RAFVR 1607905 – Flight Engineer.
Sgt. Geoffrey Thomas Clouter, RAFVR 1652839 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Sgt. Thomas Harrison Armstrong Forster, RAFVR 1592020 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 16:25 – Landed 01:30
Flight Time 09:05