Douglas Maxwell CoxDFC whose home was Halifax, Nova Scotia, enlisted in the RCAF in July 1941. Cox took air crew instruction at various training schools in Canada and graduated as a navigator from No. 1 Air Navigation School in April 1942. He arrived overseas and eventually was posted to a squadron flying Stirling bombers and on his fifth sortie on his first tour, he was shot down during a trip to bomb targets in Munich, Germany.
Following is an account of what happened to Pilot Officer Cox.On one occasion, namely on the night of March 9/10, 1943, when detailed to attack the German city of Munich, the aircraft in which this officer was Navigator, was shot down by an enemy fighter from a height of 8,000 feet in the Luxemburg-Alsace area. Pilot Officer Cox assisted some of the crew out and then checked to make sure the captain's parachute was properly placed before bailing out himself.
The aircraft crashed at a point about a mile distant from where this officer landed and he immediately returned to the crash to see if it was possible to assist the pilot, as he realized he might not have had the opportunity to bale out. Despite the fact that the starboard mainplane and entire fuselage was ablaze and the ammunition was exploding, he conducted a search, but no sign of the pilot was found. For the next four and a half months, by constant courage, resourcefulness and initiative, he successfully evaded capture and finally reached England via Gibraltar, in late July.
Cox began a second tour of risky and death defying sorties over enemy territory that began on July 18, 1944 and ended November 15, 1944 with 31 trips and 146 hours flying time chalked up.
Effective January 19, 1945 Cox was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his skill and bravery.