In Memoriam Arthur Cockayne

Some war stories never die…

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I wrote a post in April 2010 about Tommy Smith’s navigator. I don’t a picture of Arthur Cockayne just a painting commissioned by Peter Smith, Tommy Smith’s son.

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Arthur Cockayne did not survive the war. There is a follow-up to what I wrote back in 2010.

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Peter received this e-mail from someone in December 2008. It all about his father’s navigator. If you are related to Arthur Cockayne, write me a comment and I will get in touch.

Here is the e-mail he got about Cockie…

Arthur Clarence COCKAYNE

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Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Died on sortie to Germany on Tuesday 16 January 1945

Arthur was the eldest son of William Charles and Alice Barker Cockayne of 73, Darlaston Road, Walsall.

He was educated at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, where he was a member of the O.T.C., and later took a position as a student…

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In Memoriam – John Leonard Greaves (1964-2017)

In my search for more information to use on my blog paying homage to VF(N)-101 I had found this Website earlier this week.

It was about the Battle of Midway.

This is the link…

http://www.midway42.org/Default.aspx

There was something that caught my attention.

A painting and the story behind it. I had to look and read the story.

“The Other Sole Survivors”Torpedo 8 TBF Avenger at Midway – June 4, 1942

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All paintings © John Greaves Art (used by permission)

Now the story behind the painting.

The only survivor of a flight of six TBF Avenger torpedo planes struggles to return home to Midway Atoll after attacking the Japanese fleet. Flown by ENS Albert Earnest with radioman Harry Ferrier RM3c and turret gunner Jay Manning Sea1c, the badly damaged TBF has hydraulics shot out causing the tail wheel to drop and the bomb bay doors to open. Without a working compass, Earnest flew east towards the sun and climbed above the cloud deck where he could see the column of smoke rising from Midway in the far distance. Earnest managed to bring back the TBF using only the elevator trim tab for altitude control and successfully landed. Manning died in his turret and Earnest and Ferrier were wounded.

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There is another story behind this story.

I wrote John Greaves to get his permission to use his painting on my blog.

But little did I know…

GREAVES, John Leonard

John Greaves died unexpectedly and peacefully at home on Monday, January 9, 2017 in Airdrie, AB at the age of 52 years. John is lovingly remembered by his wife Janet, and their 2 daughters; Emma and Katy of Airdrie, his parents; Len and Eleanor, brother; Stewart of Abbotsford, B.C., Janet’s sister; Sandra (Sam) Hamilton and family of Saskatoon, SK. John was born in Calgary, AB on September 1, 1964. John and his family moved to B.C. prior to John and his brother starting school, eventually settling in Abbotsford where John attended Abby Jr and Sr High School. John attended Fraser Valley College where he pursued his passion in Art, then went on to further study in graphic arts and business at BCIT. A Memorial Service will be held at Aridrie Alliance church, 1604 Summerfield Blvd, Airdrie, AB., on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:30, with a reception to follow. Sandy Isfeld and Nathan Kliewer will be officiating, please join us in Celebrating John’s Life In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s memory to the Canadian Diabetes Association, 240, 2323 – 32 Ave. NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 6Z3.

Messages of condolence may be left for the family at http://www.myalternatives.ca.

The source is here

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John Greaves’ artwork is being used on this blog by special permission of his wife Janet…

I give you permission to use his paintings in the two blogs you mentioned, with credit given to my beloved John, who had a passion for history and art.
Thanks.
Janet Greaves

In Memoriam of John Leonard Greaves (1964-2017)

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All paintings © John Greaves Art (used by permission)

Preserving the Past – Stuart Goff Wireless Operator

Preserving  the  Past – Stuart  Goff Wireless Operator

Preserving the past

Sergeant Gerald Thomas Padden

The wireless operator in Horace Bagnall’s crew…

has been found!

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Hi Pierre,

Stuart Goff is the last man on the right in the top row. I also have a letter from him taking about his life on the base around the time of his commencement of his second tour. I have sent a copy to Graham Padden as well.

I got re interested in this on seeing the story on YouTube about the Stirling found in Normandy and that the French don’t want to investigate the crash see below.

Thanks Rod

http://home.bt.com/news/world-news/raf-plane-lost-taking-sas-troops-to-liberate-france-is-finally-found-but-french-wont-let-it-be-dug-up-11364040759509

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Sgt. Stuart John Goff was on his second tour. Stuart had survived the first one.

This is the letter he wrote to his Uncle…

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Dear Uncle, many thanks for your letter…page-2

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Cheerio and best of luck.
Your loving nephew

Stuart

Letter courtesy Rod Mountford

The letter will be transcribed later  for posterity…

Two airmen in Horace Bagnall’s crew…

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