Flight Sergeant Reginald George COX

Service No: 402589
Born: Kogarah NSW, 31 May 1915
Enlisted in the RAAF: 16 September 1940
Unit: No. 460 Squadron, RAF Station Breighton, Yorkshire
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 460 Squadron Conversion Flight Halifax aircraft W1272), Yorkshire, 22 September 1942, Aged 27 Years
Buried: Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Herbert Dunstan Cox and Pearl Cox, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Kogarah NSW
Remembered: Panel 120, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Halifax W1272 of No. 460 Squadron Conversion Flight took off on the 22 September 1942 to carry out a training exercise including tank changing, 3 engine flying, cross wind landings and demonstration of rudder stall. At 1030 hours the aircraft crashed a quarter of a mile east of “Middle Farm”, Catterton, Yorkshire. All the crew members were killed and the cause of the crash could not be established.

The crew members of W1272 were:

Flight Sergeant Reginald George Cox (402589) (Rear Gunner)
Flight Lieutenant John Alexander Falkiner (400952) (Pilot under training)
Sergeant Leslie Horace Jones (646858) (RAF) (Flight Engineer)
Flying Officer John William Purcivall DFC (401031) (RNZAF) (Pilot Instructor)


Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Chorley W R, Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses Volume 8 Aircraft and Aircrew Losses Heavy Conversion Units 1939-1947, Midland Publishing Hinckley UK, 2003
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 163/98/687


Firkins, P. C. (Peter Charles) (441386) Strike and Return, Westward Ho Publishing City Beach WA, 1985

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