Cockram, John Crothers (Flying Officer, b.1924 - d.2017)

Accession Number AWM2017.586.3
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 2.5 cm; Wallet/s: 1
Object type Log book
Maker Cockram, John Crothers
Place made Canada, India, United Kingdom
Date made 1943-1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Collection relating to the Second World War service of 419379 Flying Officer John Crothers Cockram, 466 Squadron, 462 Squadron, and 96 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force, Canada, United Kingdom, and India, 1943-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 – Consists of one log book of Flying Officer Cockram, with entries dated between 1 May 1943 and 8 July 1945. Entries record details of his service as a navigator, such as dates and times of flights, types and numbers of aircraft, pilots, and purposes of flights. Some of the flight purposes include navigational training, photography, cross country flights, operational training, aircraft conversion, bombing operations targeting enemy-occupied Europe, transport flights in India, and operations in Burma. This log book also contains certificates for courses completed and one Japanese five-cent note.

History / Summary

Flying Officer John Cockram enlisted to the Royal Australian Air Force on 20 July 1942. He trained as a navigator in Canada and the United Kingdom, and went on to serve with 466 Squadron, based in the United Kingdom. With this squadron, Flying Officer Cockram took part in the strategic bombing campaign against enemy-occupied Europe. After his first operational tour, he transferred to 462 Squadron, and then 96 Squadron. Flying Officer Cockram flew to India with 96 Squadron, and served on operations in Burma. He was discharged on 3 January 1946.