In Memoriam Arthur Cockayne

Some war stories never die…

RAF 23 Squadron

Note

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.

Never_Say_Die

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

Flying Officer 157435

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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