A Poppy
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Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Biography -
- James Ernest Cox -


The Reverend James Ernest Cox, son of Samuel James Cox and Minnie Cox, of West Worthing, Sussex. M.A. (Oxon).
His name is recorded on these Memorials :

Seaview Westbrook House Crusaders' Union Book of Remembrance
Sandown War Memorial

Service details

Chaplain (Squadron Leader) 74806 James Erest Cox, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

CWGC record ...

Date of Death :28th April 1941 aged 32
Where buried or commemorated :At sea off Tobruk : Alamein Memorial
Squadron :45 Sqn
Aircraft :Bristol Blenheim
Crew :
Pilot :Pilot Officer B C D G AllanCWGC record ...
Air Gunner :Flt Sgt L W MorlingCWGC record ...
Other passengers killed :
Sqn Ldr D P BarclayCWGC record ...
P/O S E BeloeCWGC record ...
Capt R W Plowright,
Royal Armoured Corps,
Yorkshire Dragoons
CWGC record ...

The aircraft took off for Tobruk to evacuate HQS staff of 258 Wing, which was to include Commanding Officer Wing Commander Johnson and Sqn Ldr Cox, to take them to the Western Desert. The Blenheim was attacked by a German Messerschmidt Me109 of I/J 27 flown by Oberfuhrer Marseille (Top Score German Pilot in the Western Desert), and Marseille chased it out to sea and saw it go straight into the sea. All crew were lost in the crash.

The Rev Cox had lived in Sandown, Isle of Wight.

Information provided by : John Bloodworth


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