ALECOCK, Norman Jack

No.1156113, Sergeant, Norman Jack ALECOCK
Aged 27

461 Squadron, Royal air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in Action on Tuesday, 1st September 1942

Norman Alecock was born in Euston on 12th August 1915,(Thetford Q3-1915 4B:542) son of John and Louisa ALECOCK (née BALAAM).
His passport gives his occupation as footman, he was 5 feet 10.5 inches tall, brown eyed, with dark brown hair. His age on CWGC is wrong.

The family have not been identified on the 1939 register.

It appears that his half brother (by his father's first marriage to Selina WRIGHT) was Albert ALECOCK (who died in WW1 in 1916). see here

No. 461 Squadron was formed at RAF Mount Batten (Devon) in Britain on 25 April 1942 as an anti-submarine squadron flying Short Sunderland flying boats. They moved to Hamsworthy (Poole Harbour) in August 1942.
Short Sunderland Mk II, T9113, call sign UT-F went missing over the Bay of Biscay. The crew of 11, flown by F/O Robert Hosband R.A.A.F. consisted of 6 R.A.A.F personnel and 5 British airmen.

T9113, (UT-F), shot down by German Ju88s of II/KG40 over the Bay of Biscay, while on an anti-submarine patrol, 1 September 1942. It took off from RAF Mountbatten (Plymouth) at 15:13 to carry out Anti Submarine patrols over The Bay of Biscay. At 20:15 a report was receive that they were being attacked by two JU88C aircraft, last contact made at 20:45 (SOS), 1/9/1942. Two Luftwaffe pilots claim to have shot down the Sunderland at 2117hrs, Hptm Hans-Wilhelm Reicke & Hptm Heinz-Horst Hissbach both from II/KG40.

A Sunderland MkII of 10 Sqdn RAAF

photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Norman Alecock is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 77

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