Leslie Charles COOKE

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COOKE, Leslie Charles

Service Number: 413171
Enlisted: 16 August 1941, Enlisted at Sydney
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 100 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Kensington, New South Wales Australia, 6 November 1920
Home Town: Bondi, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shipping Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, New Guinea, 23 January 1945, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Plot TT, Row B, Grave 14 Headstone inscription reads: Duty nobly done...ever remembered Roll of Honour - Bondi
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Flying Officer, SN 413171
16 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 413171, No. 100 Squadron (RAAF), Enlisted at Sydney

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Herbert Aldolphus and Lauretta May Cooke of Bondi, NSW; husband of Eveline Shirley Cooke of Bondi, NSW

As a member of 100 Squadron he took part in 39 strikes over enemy targets including Tadji in the Wewak area where his first attack took place on targets of opportunity on the 16 September 1944.

Plane was Beaufort A9-626

Prior to enlisting he was employed as a Shipping Clerk with Huddart Parker LTD