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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