1944: Award for Cuckfield flying hero

Updated: Apr 26

Mid Sussex Times - Wednesday 01 November 1944


D.F.C. FOR F/O COBB.


COURAGE OF A CUCKFIELD MAN


Twenty-two year old Flying Officer Henry James Cobb, R.A.F.V.R. whose parents (Mr and Mrs F.H. Cobb) reside at The Tything, London Lane, Cuckfield, has just been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The citation states that “as pilot this officer has completed a very large number of sorties, and has displayed great skill, co-operation and determination throughout. On several occasions he has taken part in attacks on enemy E boats, and his excellent work has contributed materially to the successes obtained.

He has set a fine example of courage and devotion to duty."


F/O Cobb

F. O. Cobb, who was born Little Waltham, Essex, was educated at Worthing High School. Before enlisting for aircrew in 1940 he was a student of the Institute of Civil Engineers and was on the staff of an engineering firm.


He was commissioned in 1943. His parents formally resided at Haywards Heath.

The photo was taken when he was a sergeant.

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