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Donald Cook

Portrait of Flying Officer Donald Cook, awarded DFC. Image Kindly provided by Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19450424-26-30. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Flying Officer Donald Cook, awarded DFC. Image Kindly provided by Auckland Libraries Her …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Cook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • WWII NZ422373 AWMM
    • WWII 422373 AWMM
    • 77326 AWMM
    • 130072 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 January 1922 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Clevedon AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) AWMM
    23 March 1945, 218 Squadron RAF (Stirling/Lancaster) "This officer has completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which he has invariably displayed the greatest fortitude, courage and devotion to duty." AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • From Hanson, Served with the Territorial Air Force 1 December 1948 - 1 June 1949, Royal New Zealand Air Force 1 June 1954 to 5 July 1959, Air Training Corps (72 School Unit), 15 June `962 to 2 May 1966; Pilot, then Education. "No 218 Squadron was born a Main Force and a Special Duties squadron, with Flight Lieutenant Cook taking part in both types of operational flying. Following his tour Flight Lieutenant Cook served as a flying instructor, on Wellingtons, Jan-Oct 1945. Post War he was an educational officer at RNZAF Whenuapai." p. 133. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    14 January 1972 AWMM
    Age 49 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikumete Cemetery Glen Eden Auckland New Zealand AWMM Service Persons Area M, Row 11, Plot 113 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Hanson, C. (2001). By such deeds: honours and awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999. Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      p. 133 AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM

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