William Frank Cook, RAN

Born  20 Oct 1916Numurkah, Victoria, Australia


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Ranks

1 Jan 1930 Cadet
1 May 1934 Mid,
1 Sep 1936 A/S.Lt.
16 Mar 1937 S.Lt.
1 Oct 1938 Lt.
1 Nov 1944 A/Lt.Cdr.
1 Oct 1946 Lt.Cdr.
30 Jun 1952 Cdr.
28 Mar 1957 A/Capt.
31 Oct 1960 Capt. (Emergency)

Decorations

11 Nov 1941 Mentioned in Despatches (MID)
1 Apr 1954 MVO

Warship Commands listed for William Frank Cook, RAN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMAS Voyager (D 31)Lt.Destroyer18 Nov 19415 Jan 1942
HMAS Vendetta (D 69)Lt.Destroyer26 Sep 194411 Nov 1944
HMAS Nizam (G 38)A/Lt.Cdr.Destroyer14 Nov 194417 Oct 1945

Career information

Transferred to the Emergency List on 31 October 1960.

Events related to this officer

Destroyer HMAS Vendetta (D 69)


26 Sep 1944
During her refit, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN), is docked at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard.

[Undocking date not known but she was not in dock for a very long time though.] (1)

3 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) completed her refit at the Cockatoo Island Dockyard. (2)

5 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) conducted post-refit trials off Sydney. (2)

6 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) conducted compass swing trials at Sydney. (2)

8 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) departed Sydney for Brisbane. (2)

10 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1600K/10, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) arrived at Brisbane from Sydney. (2)

11 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100K/11, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) departed Brisbane for Milne Bay. (2)

14 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1030K/14, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) arrived at Milne Bay from Brisbane. (2)

15 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1100K/15, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) departed Milne Bay for Langemak Bay. (2)

16 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0835K/16, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) arrived at Langemak Bay from Milne Bay. (2)

17 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 0600K/17, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) departed Langemak Bay for Madang where she arrived around 1500K/17.

Around 2200K/17, she departed Madang for Manus. (2)

18 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1130K/18, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) arrived in Seeadler Harbour, Manus. (2)

19 Oct 1944
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) conducted A/S exercises off Manus with USS S-47 (T/Lt. L.V. Young, USN).

Later they both conducted exercises with aircraft. (2)

20 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1630K/20, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) departed Seeadler Harbour for a short AA gunnery with an aircraft towing a sleeve target. On completion of the exercises course was set for Madang. (2)

21 Oct 1944
Around 0700K/21, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) arrived off Madang. she entered harbour after a short gunnery exercise on a target that was being towed by HMAS Goulburn (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Collins, RANR(S)). (2)

22 Oct 1944
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) conducted bombardment exercises off Madang. They bombarded Bil Bil Island.

HMAS Vendetta also conducted LA gunnery exercises on a target that was being towed by HMAS Goulburn (Lt.Cdr. J.N. Collins, RANR(S)). (2)

24 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) conducted bombardment exercises off Madang. They again bombarded Bil Bil Island. (2)

31 Oct 1944 (position 0.00, 0.00)
Around 1400K/31, HMAS Vendetta (Lt. W.F. Cook, RAN, with Commander (D), Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN on board), HMAS Swan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Hodges, RANR(S)) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) departed Madang for Langemak Bay where they arrived around 1000K/1. It appears that at some point HMAS Vendetta proceeded ahead as she arrived at Langemak Bay around 0700K/31. (3)

2 Nov 1944
Around 0530K/2, HMAS Vendetta (A/Lt.Cdr. W.F. Cook, RAN, with Commander (D), Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN on board), HMAS Swan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Hodges, RANR(S)) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) departed Langemak Bay for Lae where they arrived around 1115K/2.

They departed again around 1845K/2, escorting the transport Cape Alexander (American, 6711 GRT, built 1943) to Jacquinot Bay, New Britain. On board the Cape Alexander were 1100 Australian troops.

They arrived at Jacquinot Bay around 0700K/5 and the troops and stores on board the Cape Alexander were put ashore unopposed.

HMAS Swan and HMAS Barcoo meanwhile conducted A/S patrols off the Bay. (4)

6 Nov 1944

Around 0001K/6, HMAS Vendetta (A/Lt.Cdr. W.F. Cook, RAN, with Commander (D), Cdr. J.C. Morrow, DSO, RAN on board), HMAS Swan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Hodges, RANR(S)) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) left the area of Jacquinot Bay to proceed to Wide Bay for a bombardment of enemy positions near Reid Bay (at the northern end of Wide Bay).

Around 0615K/6, they commenced bombarding their pre-allocated targets. Results were however difficult to observe. They then returned to Jacquinot Bay where they arrived around 1415K/6. (4)

7 Nov 1944

Around 1200K/7, HMAS Vendetta (A/Lt.Cdr. W.F. Cook, RAN), HMAS Swan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Hodges, RANR(S)) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) departed Jacquinot Bay for Langemak Bay where they arrived around 0715K/8.

Cdr. Morrow was no longer on board HMAS Vendetta as he had left earlier that morning to return to [presumably] New Guinea by aircraft. (4)

8 Nov 1944

Around 1740K/8, HMAS Vendetta (A/Lt.Cdr. W.F. Cook, RAN), HMAS Swan (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.W. Hodges, RANR(S)) and HMAS Barcoo (A/Lt.Cdr. C.G. Hill, RANR(S) departed Langemak Bay for Madang where they arrived around 0640K/9.

On arrival at Madang HMAS Vendetta and HMAS Swan commenced cleaning boilers. (4)

Sources

  1. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for September 1944
  2. Report of proceedings of HMAS Vendetta for October 1944
  3. Report of proceedings of HMAS Barcoo, HMAS Swan and HMAS Vendetta for October 1944 + Report of proceedings of HMAS Barcoo, HMAS Swan and HMAS Vendetta for November 1944
  4. Report of proceedings of HMAS Barcoo, HMAS Swan and HMAS Vendetta for November 1944


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