Garnet "Gus" John Michael Hooper was born on 1 February 1920 in Reikarangi, New Zealand. He was posted to No. 486 Sqn in March 1944. On 2 February 1945 his Tempest SA-L (EJ787) was hit by FLAK and he force landed near Kirchdorf becoming a PoW.

He managed to escape on 4 April and returned to Allied lines. He was awarded a DFC, gazetted on 14 September 1945.

Gus Hooper died on 2 March 2000.




Hooper's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No Location of Claim Unit Note
22 June 1944 1/3 x V-1 SA-M (JN809) Wrotham 486 Sqn  
27 June 1944 V-1 SA-D (JN803) 3m S Hastings 486 Sqn  
27 June 1944 V-1 SA-D (JN803) N Tonbridge 486 Sqn  
6 July 1944 V-1 SA-E (JN805) nr Friston 486 Sqn  
6 July 1944 V-1 SA-E (JN805) 16-17m S Beachy Head 486 Sqn  
6 July 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-E (JN805) off Beachy Head 486 Sqn  
9 July 1944 2 x V-1s SA-H (JN821) 20m S Beachy Head 486 Sqn  
15 July 1944 V-1 SA-D (JN803) 10m S Hastings 486 Sqn  
20 July 1944 1/2 x V-1 SA-K (JN797) nr West Malling 486 Sqn  
1 Jan 1945 Fw190 SA-B (EJ750) Venlo 486 Sqn  
1 Jan 1945 Bf109 SA-B (EJ750) Venlo 486 Sqn Damaged


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