Frank Henry COOK (1915-1941)

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Frank Henry COOK was born 2-Mar-1915 in Chevening, Kent [B-Cert] to Frank Stanley COOK & Mary Ann Franklin BAYLISS.

On 7 9-Sep-1939 he married Frances Mary STARKEY in Chevening, Kent [M-Cert].

Frank & Frances had one son Christopher Frank b. 20-Jul-1940 (my father).

Frank was a Pilot Officer #87387 with 99 Squadron RAF Volunteer Reserve. Sadly Frank was lost in action during WWII with his death being recorded as 21-Apr-1941. He was stationed at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire. On 20-Apr-1941 he was part of a crew of Wellington T2997 that took off at 2047hrs accompanied by Wellington MkII W5400 on a bombing run to Cologne. The aircraft failed to return with no communication from time of take off. (Information extracted by Martin Bond). The Wellington is reported to have collided with a barrage balloon over Harwich Harbour, burst into flames and crashed 0120 in the sea 3000 yards off the shore, bearing 125 degrees from Landguard, Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Information on Wellington T2997 is listed on

Frank is commemorated at Runnymede on panel 31. [GWGC]

99 Sqdn badge

Frank Henry taken in 1940

Frank Henry & Frances on their wedding day in 1