From the Dover Express of 30 Oct 1942 and the Whitstabel Times and Herne Bay Herald 07 Nov 1942 we learn of the D.F.M. awarded to Stephen Charles Cox, my 4th cousin 2x removed and about his two brothers, John Frederick Cox and Ernest Walter Cox. They were born in Canterubry to George Ernest Cox and Frances May Carswell (my 3rd cousin 3x removed).
DFM Gazette Date 27 Oct 1942, Page 4644. Stephen was also Mentioned in Despatches, New Years Honours List – 1 Jan 1941 as a Sergeant.
Their other siblings were Frances Elizabeth May Cox, Kenneth S Cox and George Albert Cox. George who was born in 1908 was on Deferred Service with the R.A.F. and Kenneth was an Engineering Cadet with the A.T.C., training at Dartmouth in 1943.
John and Stephen survived the war, but Ernest sadly did not.
From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald of 17 Jul 1943 and 24 Jul 1943.
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Ernest crashed at Hadamar at 20:46 on the 16-17 Apr 1943 while flying a Halifax II Serial # DT561 out of RAF Snaith with Bomber Command.
No. 51 Squadron, having been on loan to Coastal Command at Chivenor, retrained on Halifaxes which it operated from Snaith right up until the end of the war flying 264 raids and losing 148 aircraft.