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Jocko the Rhesus Monkey

Military

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.

Service

People

  • John Havener

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 344th Bomb Group
    Jack K Havener (1920–2011) flew B-26 Marauders with the 344th Bomb Group. He completed 68 combat missions in the medium bombers, many of them from Stansted. Among the medals awarded to Havener was the Distinguished Flying Cross – given to an American...

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Associated Place

  • Stansted Mountfitchet

    Military site : airfield
    Today, Stansted is one of the busiest airports in Britain. During the Second World War, instead of airliners delivering passengers, Stansted Moutfitchet’s aircrews in their B-26 Marauders attacked Nazi targets, paving the way for D-Day and the...

Events

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

Revisions

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

Roger Freeman Collection FRE 7138 & FRE 7135

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