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Jocko the Rhesus Monkey


Jocko was a Rhesus Monkey and one of the many squadron mascots of the 344th Bomb Group.

Jocko was purchased by Joe Lane who bought him from an ATC pilot while waiting at St Nawgan airfield, Newquay, Lands’ End, Cornwall for the weather to clear after the hop up for Marrakech, Morocco in late February 1944. The ATC man had bought the monkey from a kid in Natal but decided he was too much trouble to keep.

Jocko was baby-sat by any hut who had the courage to look after him while Joe was flying or on leave, so most of the airmen became attached to the mischievous little devil.

The Squadron Flight Surgeon, Captain Harry Prudowsky made sure the monkey had plenty of vitamins and shots to carry him through the winter and spring. He made it OK.



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Event Location Date
Born Morocco
Arrived in UK Newquay, UK February 1944
Based Stansted Mountfitchet


Date Contributor Update
13 August 2018 14:31:14 Emily Changes to surname, biography, events and place associations

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