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Old 18 August 2009, 06:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Stanley Cockerell 24 Sqn 12 October 1916

Hello. I am researching my grandfather's RFC/RAF and flying history. His name was Stanley Cockerell and in 1916, he was serving with 24 Squadron, C flight in France. His RAF records say that he was wounded on October 12th 1916 with a gunshot wound to the left buttock. The injury was not fatal and he returned to service with 24 Sq and was given a commission. Can any of you shed any light on events of 12th October with regard to C flight of 24 Squadron, or how he may have been wounded? Any other information you might have about him would also be very welcome. Thanks
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Old 18 August 2009, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello,

According to The Sky Their Battlefield, Stanley Cockerell was wounded on 10 October 1916 in DH2 A2556.
He was on an Offfensive Patrol. Left 3.15 PM and had a combat with EA. His fuel tank was shot up and forced to land near Mealte. His victor was Hauptmann M. Zander Jasta 1. The combat took place at 4.30 PM (Beugny).



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Old 18 August 2009, 07:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Jos, this is very helpful.
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Information on any of his other combats would be much appreciated. Thanks
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His combats:

14 September 1916 - with 2nd Lt A G Knight, shot down a Fokker in flames at 20:45 near Manancourt

30 September 1916 - shot down an Albatros scout out of control at 09:45 at Grévillers

4 February 1917 - with 2nd Lt S C H Begbie shot down a two-seater out of control at 13:15 over Templeux

6 February 1917 - shot down a two-seater out of control at 14:15 over Velu

2 April 1917 - shot down an Albatros scout that crashed at 08:50 near Gouzeaucourt

25 May 1917 - shot down an Albatros scout that crashed at 11:45 near Ligny

2 August 1918 - as a Flight Commander with No 151 Sqn RAF, attacked a Gotha bomber at 00:45 east of Guizancourt, believed to have crashed.

He was a Chevalier of the Order of the Crown of Belgium (awarded as per the London Gazette of 24 September 1917), received the Belgian Croix de Guerre (as per the London Gazette of 11 March 1918) and the Air Force Cross (per the London Gazette of 12 July 1920).

From "Flight" of 13 May 1920:

LORD NORTHCLIFFE presided at a luncheon given at Printing House Square on May 7 in celebration of the attempt, organised by The Times, to make the first flight from Cairo to the Cape. Those sitting at the Chairman's table included—Dr. P. Chalmers Mitchell, C.B.E., F.R.S., who made the journey in the dual capacity of a representative of The Times and of a scientific observer; Capt. S. Cockerell and Capt. F. C. Broome, D.F.C., the pilots; and Sgt.-Maj. James Wyatt and Mr. Claude Corby, the mechanic and rigger.

It will be recalled that the Vickers-Vimy-Rolls-Commercial aeroplane in which the party travelled left the aerodrome at Brooklands on January 24 and crashed at Tabora on February 27, after a series of undeserved misfortunes.

Among those present were Maj.-Gen. Sir F. H. Sykes, Maj.- Gen. Sir Edward Northey, Commander Sir Trevor Dawson, R.N., Air-Commodore E. M. Maitland, C.M.G., D.S.O., Wing-Com. H. A. Van Ryneveld, D.S.O., M.C., Flight-Lieut.
C. J. Q. Brand, D.S.O., D.F.C., M.C., Sir Robert Coryndon, Brig.-Gen. G. Livingston, C.M.G., Lieut.-Col. W. O. Raikes, Sir W. Joynson-Hicks, M.P., Sir Alan Anderson, Sir Francis Barker, Sir Vincent Caillard, Sir William Towle, Sir George Sutton, Sir Campbell Stuart, K.B.E., Sir Andrew Caird, Brig.-Gen. W. B. Caddell, Mr. Douglas Vickers, M.P., Col. Beatty, Mr. A. C. Hollis, C.M.G., O.B.E., Maj. G. H. Scott, A.F.C., Mr. R. A. Blankenberg, O.B.E., Mr. Handley Page, Mr. Frederic Coudert, Mr. Max Pemberton, Mr. L. J. Maxse, Mr. A. Hunt, Capt. P. D. Acland, Mr. Herbert Kaufman, Mr. T. Marlowe, Mr. R. K. Pierson, M.B.E., Mr. A. Butes, Mr. John Walter and Mr. H. Wickham Steed.

There was also a photo with the caption "The silver model, to scale, of the Vickers-Vimy-Rolls aeroplane presented to Dr. Chalmers Mitchell by The Times to commemorate the first attempt to fly from Cairo to the Cape. Four smaller models of the machine were presented to the pilots and mechanics, Capt. S. Cockerell, Capt. F. C. Broome, D.F.C., Sergt.-Major James Wyatt, and Mr. Claude Corby. All these beautiful models are the work of the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company of Regent Street."


The place where he landed after his combat on 10 October 1916 was Méaulte, about 1.5 miles south-south-east of Albert and about 15 miles south-west of Beugny.

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Thankyou Graeme this is great. After the War he became chief test pilot for Vickers (following John Alcock's death) and flew many prototype Vickers machines including the Vimy Commercial in the Cairo to Cape "race". He and his six year old daughter were killed in a German bombing raid in Sunbury on Thames on 29th November 1940. He left six other children who were then orphaned.
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I got my copy of Pusher Aces of World War 1 by Jon Guttman today.


It promises to be an interesting book. In turning over the leaves to get a first impression I found on page 42 a picture of Stanley Cockerell.
This is the text next to the picture;

Born 9 Februari 1895, Stanley Cockerell came from Osterley Park, Middlesex, and joined No 24 Sqn as a sergeant in early 1916.
He shared his first victory (a Fokker DII) with Lt. A.G. Knight on 14 September, but was wounded on 10 October. Commissioned by the time he rejoined No 24 Sqn, he scored 3 more victories in DH 2s and on in a DH 5 before returning to England for Home Defence duty with Nos 50, 112 and 78 Sqns. Returning to France with 151 Sqn (Sopwith Camel equipped night intruder unit). Capt. Cockerell claimed his seventh victory on the night of 4 August 1918 when he ambushed a Gotha bomber that was coming in to land at Guizencourt aerodrome, which he had just bombed.


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The history of 24 Sqn by Robeson and Illingworth shows Sgt Cockerell joined "C" Flight on 1 September 1916 and served until wounded on 10 October. 2nd Lt Cockerell rejoined the unit on 11 November and served until 17 June 1917, again with "C" Flight. His home address was quoted as 141 Thornbury Road, Osterly Park, Middlesex.

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Old 20 August 2009, 06:11 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks again to Jos and Graeme for all the helpful info. I'll have to add the pusher aces book to my ever expanding reading list!
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Old 27 August 2009, 12:20 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi Jos, I got the PusherAces of WW1 book. It's a very informative book, but interesting that the photo shown with Stanley Cockerell's history is not actuallly my grandfather Stanley Cockerell at all. I believe it is of another pilot, Samuel Pepys Cockerell. I did send a photo of Stanley Cockerell to the webmaster of the aerodrome. Unfortunately it never got uploaded. Here he is for the record.

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