Leo Hook RIP
It is with sadness I have to report the loss of one of our members on 17th September.
Leo Hook served with XI in Burma, Malaya and Japan from 1944 - 1946. As a pilot he flew both the
Hurricane IIc and the Spitfire XIV.
Joining the Squadron at Imphal, Leo saw action throughout Burma and was based at Imphal, Tamu, Sinthe and Magwe. He then converted to the Spitfire and was based in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and onto Japan as part of the Occupation Air Forces.
Leo's service spanned 41 years in total and went from Hurricane to Hunter.
His nephew has forwarded the following;
Sqn Leader Leo Hook, known by many as Larry, was born 26th July 1923 in Batley, West Yorkshire, the youngest of 7 children. He attended Batley Grammer School where he excelled both academically and at sport. Leaving school as war broke out he found employment in the local cinema until in 1942 he was old enough to enlist. At the end of the war on a ship home from India he met Beryl a WREN and within months of returning to the UK they were married and have been togethet for 66 years. After retirement they decided to live in Copmanthorpe near York and have been there for over 30 years.
The arangements are as follows; Bishopthorpe Crematorium, York at 12.20 on Friday 28th September.
He will be missed by his many friends and colleagues past and present.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, or the years condemn
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them