John Cock sailed to England in 1938 to take up a short service commission. After receiving his wings he was posted to No. 87 Squadron which was sent to France as a part of the Advanced Air Strike Force. After the start of hostillities he made five confimed victories. Back in England he was shot down over Portland Bill on 11th August, baling out with light injuries. His Hurricane 7233 was recovered by archealogists in the 1980's.
By October 1940, he had claimed 10 victories (but would not make any more claims during the war). He was then sent off to become an instructor and was from then off attached to several squadrons in the UK and in Australia. He was released form the RAF in 1948 and returned home to Australia.
7 May, 1938: Acting Pilot officer (probation)
3 September, 1940: Flying Officer
1942: Fllight Lieutenant
1 January 1944: Temporary Squadron Leader
9 May, 1946: As Fit. Lts. extended service (four years on the
20 janauri 1948: commision relinquished
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