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Name: Geoffrey Hornblower Cock
Military Cross (MC) Geoffrey Cock
Country: England
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 45
Victories: 13
Born: 07 January 1896
Place of Birth: Shrewsbury, Shoprshire, England
Died: 16 February 1980
Place of Death: 4 High Street, Belford, Northumberland, England
 
 
The son of James and Adeline Anna Cock, Geoffrey Hornblower Cock joined the army in December 1915. After transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in June 1916, he was assigned to 45 Squadron. Credited with thirteen victories, he was the highest scoring ace to fly the Sopwith 1½ Strutter. After ninety-seven sorties against the enemy, Cock was shot down over Warneton on 22 July 1917 by Wilhelm Reinhard of Jasta 11. A prisoner of war until December 1918, he remained in the Royal Air Force until he retired as a Group Captain in 1943.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
 
Military Cross (MC)
Temp 2nd Lt. Geoffrey Hornblower Cock, Gen. List and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On many occasions he showed great courage and determination in attacking and destroying hostile aircraft, and in dispersing hostile troops from a low altitude. His skill as a formation leader has set a fine example to the other pilots of his squadron.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 06 Apr 1917 1030 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A1075) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) Lille
2 06 Apr 1917 1030 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A1075) 1 Albatros D.III (OOC) Lille
3 07 May 1917 1830 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8260) 1 SS D.I (OOC) Don-Lille
4 09 May 1917 1650 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8260) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) NW of Seclin
5 09 May 1917 1700 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8260) 1 Albatros D.III (DES) 8 NW of Seclin
6 20 May 1917 1630 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8226) 2 Albatros D.III (OOC) Lille
7 27 May 1917 0630 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A1016) 3 Albatros D.III (OOC) Menin
8 28 May 1917 1300 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (A8299) 4 Albatros D.III (DESF) Menin
9 16 Jun 1917 1800 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) Warneton
10 06 Jul 1917 1500 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter 5 Albatros D.III (OOC) NW of Comines
11 07 Jul 1917 1700 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter 5 Albatros D.III (OOC) Wervicq
12 13 Jul 1917 1515 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter 6 Albatros D.III (OOC) E of Polygon Wood
13 22 Jul 1917 1035 45 Sopwith 1½ Strutter (B2576) 7 Albatros D.III (DESF) Warneton

1 Observer 2Lt John Murison
2 Observer 2Lt A S Carey
3 Observer 2Lt Edward Caulfield Kelly
4 Observer 2Lt W G Corner
5 Observer Lt C T R Ward
6 Observer Lt Victor White
7 Observer 2Lt W C Moore
8 Shared with 2Lt William Wright & 2Lt Edward Caulfied Kelly
 
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