The son of William James and Evelyn Cooke, 2nd Lieutenant Douglas Graham Cooke received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 4825 on a Maurice Farman biplane at military school, Ruislip on 16 June 1917. Posted to 20 Squadron, he scored thirteen victories flying the Brisfit in 1918.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. Douglas Graham Cooke, R.A.F.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when engaged in many low bombing patrols and low reconnaissances. On one occasion, when important information was required, he flew along a front of ten miles at 100 feet, being subjected the whole way to heavy fire from the ground, and on the same day along another front of twelve miles at 300 feet, each time returning with the information and his machine much shot about. He has destroyed several hostile machines in air combats, and has invariably displayed the highest courage and a splendid fighting spirit.