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Jack Scott Cox

In memory of:

Flying Officer Jack Scott Cox

June 6, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

J/22347

Age:

23

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

430 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Born:

September 30, 1920
Brockville, Ontario

Enlistment:

August 14, 1940
Brockville, Ontario

Son of George and Agnes Forrest Cox, of Brockville, Ontario. Husband of Hilda Ruth Cox, of Upton, Cheshire, England.

Commemorated on the Brockville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School Roll of Honour.

Commemorated on Page 281 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

XXIV. H. 2.

Location:

This cemetery lies on the west side of the main road from Caen to Falaise (route N158) and just north of the village of Cintheaux. Bretteville-sur-Laize is a village and commune in the department of the Calvados, some 16 kilometres south of Caen. The village of Bretteville lies 3 kilometres south-west of the Cemetery. Buried here are those who died during the later stages of the battle of Normandy, the capture of Caen and the thrust southwards (led initially by the 4th Canadian and 1st Polish Armoured Divisions), to close the Falaise Gap, and thus seal off the German divisions fighting desperately to escape being trapped west of the Seine. Almost every unit of Canadian 2nd Corps is represented in the Cemetery. There are about 3,000 allied forces casualties of the Second World War commemorated in this site.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Group Photo– Photo is dated Feb 9 1944, pilots of 430 Squadron . Jack Cox  is standing , second from right , wearing the leather flight jacket . My father (Dan Lambros) is front row kneeling second from left . These were the best of the best - low level Recce - flying P-51 Mustangs - difficult and dangerous work .
The official record states Jack was " missing in air operations June 6th 1944 . The rest of the story : he was assigned that morning to escort some bigwigs who wanted to see the sights that morning on D Day . They came under attack from a German fighter . His squadron mates heard Jack's desperate repeated Radio Transmissions to the unwary unresponsive sightseers to " break break break" . Perfect wingman that he was he took the bullets for them and they made it home . Jack Cox is a Canadian hero , unknown and unheralded .
  • Photo of Jack Scott Cox– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Jack Scott Cox– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Letter– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Jack Scott Cox– Born 30th September, 1920, at Brockville, Ont. Educated at Brockville. Entered the service of the Bank 17th August, 1939. Served at Brockville. Enlisted 14th August, 1940, from that branch in R.C.A.F. Sergeant Pilot 29th March, 1941; Warrant Officer, Class II, 10th October, 1942; Pilot Officer in January, 1943; Flying Officer in November, 1943. Trained at Brandon, Man., Patricia Bay, B.C., Regina, Sask., and Windsor and Dunnville, Ont. Took Instructors' Course at Trenton,
Ont. Instructor at Camp Borden, Ont., until 1942. Took Officers' Training Course at Bagotville, Que. Overseas in March, 1943. Served in active operations with Tactical Air Force.  Missing after air operations on 6th June, 1944 (D-Day). Officially presumed dead 27th April, 1945. From a memorial booklet prepared by the Canadian Bank of Commerce.

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