From the Baltimore Sun, Oct. 4, 1944:
COCKEY. - MAJOR JOHN O., JR., U. S. A. A. F., in England, on September 6, 1944, beloved husband of Margaret Steward Cockey, of Harrisburg, Pa. and beloved son of John O. and Mary Arnold Cockey, of Glyndon, Md.
"Major Cockey was flying as Command Pilot on a practice mission over England on 16 September 1944. The aircraft he was flying in was leading the formation. After a simulated bomb run on King's Lynn, Norfolk, while in a left turn, the aircraft flying on his left wing, encountered turbulence, dipped a wing, then rapidly rose, colliding with the bottom of Major Cockey's aircraft. Both aircraft immediately entered spins and crashed to the ground at Gooderstone. Seventeen of the total of 21 men on the two aircraft were killed, including Major Cockey. He had just been named as the Squadron Commander of the 787th BS." [From Chris Brassfield, 466th BG Historian]
Killed in England
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