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George Wood Cook

Hamilton Memorial Park.  Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216. Image provided by John Halpin 2015, CC BY John Halpin 2015.

Hamilton Memorial Park. Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216. Image provided by John Halpin 2015, CC …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Wood AWMM
  • Surname
    Cook AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ412514 AWMM
    • WWII 412514 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 March 1918 RNZAF Biographies (R17845609) Te AwamutuWaikato RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mr S.A.Cook, Mt Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Parents: Mr. & Mrs. S. A. Cook of Frankton Junction AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Attended Otorohanga District High School and Hamilton High School (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845609)) AWMM
    • Stirling Bomber R9250 AA-W

      Reason for Loss.

      Stirling Bomber R9250 AA-W took off – at 08.21 hours from RAF Base Newmarket, Suffolk - to bomb Hamburg (‘Operation Hamburg’).
      The Stirling Bomber (R9250 AA-W) was part of a 263 aircraft Bomber raid – which included 84 Halifaxes; 6 Stirlings; 62 Lancasters and 51 Wellingtons.
      Poor icy conditions forced many of the aircraft to return early – and the Pathfinders were unable to produce concentrated marking - and consequently the main bombing was scattered.
      This bombing raid - ‘Operation Hamburg’ – on 3/4 February 1943 - cost the Allies a loss of 16 aircraft - with 90 air crew losing their lives – and 28 being made Prisoners of War of the Germans.
      Stirling Bomber (R9250 AA-W) was intercepted at 3,500 metres – and shot down – by German Fighter Ace Hptm Reinhold Knacke (of 1.NJG1) at 16.46 hours - over Ingen - 5kms south of Amerongen. Shortly after Hptm Knacke was himself also shot down and killed by another Stirling Bomber (R9197 of 214 Squadron) which itself was also shot down.
      The crew of Stirling Bomber R9250 AA-W were
      1. Pilot Officer Kenneth Howard Blincoe RNZAF NZ412194 – of Murchison, Nelson District, New Zealand. Aged 33 years. Killed.
      2. Pilot 2 : Pilot Officer Andrew J. W. Scott RNZAF NZ414685 – of Mataura, Southland, New Zealand. Aged 21 years. Killed.
      3. Air Bomdr Flight Sergeant George Wood Cook RNZAF NZ412514 – of Hamilton, Waikato. Aged 21 years. Killed.
      4. Flight Sergeant Desmond Clearwater RNZAF NZ412314 –of Auckland. Aged 25 years. Killed.
      5. Flight Eng Flight Sergeant Desmond David Hayward : RAF 651764. Aged 20 years. Killed.
      6. Navigator Flight Sergeant Frank Arthur Boese : RAFVR 1293282. Aged 22 years. Killed.
      7. Wireless Op/Air Gunner Edward McDermott : RCAF R/96960. Aged 19 years. Killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 18 April 2019 - Used with permission of (England) : Stirling R9250 AA-W.
    • 8. Wireless Op/Air Gunner Flying Officer Harold Lowe DFC RAF 115129. Killed. Public - Jenifer - Researcher - 18 April 2019 - (England) Stirling R9250 AA-W
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About death

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  • Death
    4 February 1943 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    IngenGelderland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Amersfoort (Rusthof) General Cemetery, Dodeweg West, Oud Leusden, The Netherlands AWMM Plot 13. Row 13. Grave 211. AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record is a work in progress and was partially compiled from the “Database of New Zealand Airmen who took part in Advanced Air Training in Canada during WW2”. Researched by Ivan and Lorna Lindsey of Tauranga. N.Z. 2003 – 2012. Reproduced with permission. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Co - Dy. Archives New Zealand (R17845609) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Personnel Killed or Missing in Various Theatres, 1940 - 1945. [Missing - But Presumed Dead on Lapse of Time - Officers, Airmen]. Archives New Zealand (R17845743) AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM


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12 October 2022AntonioHastings DistrictResearcher
23 April 2019JeniferWairarapaResearcher
11 November 2018GarethNew ZealandOther relative

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