By Norman Franks
T.C.S. Cooke joined the RAF as battle started in 1939, elderly 18, and educated to be a bomber pilot. emerging to the rank of squadron chief and embellished 3 times, Cooke bombed Berlin on October 7, 1940 in a Whitley Mk V, approximately ditching within the North Sea. all through this travel he confronted the standard risks of wartime aircrew, his airplane being hit by means of AA fireplace on a number of events, as soon as virtually having to reserve his aircrew to bail out yet landed effectively on the final minute. They have been additionally attacked through evening warring parties, encountered icing or even shot up a educate and bomber station at tree-top point. Flying Wellingtons and Stirlings, Cooke took half within the notorious 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne and Essen, ahead of returning to operations flying certain Ops Halifax airplane, losing brokers into enemy-occupied France. After a dozen missions, he used to be shot down yet he and his navigator survived and refrained from seize. Helped through the French resistance, they bought into Spain and lower back domestic through Gibraltar. either males acquired the DFC for his or her bravery. whereas their tale isn't absolutely designated, their adventures and braveness make this story similar to an event novel.