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Claude Thomas "Buddy" Cook
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Birth: Dec. 20, 1917
Death: Nov. 23, 1943

Claude Thomas "Buddy" Cook
Sex: M
Birth: 20 DEC 1917
Death: 23 NOV 1943 in St. Omer, France of Killed in action (World War II)
Burial: 12 JUN 1949 Leesville Cem., Leesville, Vernon, Louisiana
Military Service: TSGT, 452 AAF Bomb Squadron, World War II

Father: Charles Edward Cook b: 1866 in Illinois
Mother: Florida Hagan b: 5 MAY 1875 in Vernon Parish, Louisiana
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He was the son of Charles Edward and Florida Hagan Cook. He was one of four children born to Charles and Florida. He completed high school, was single without children and working as a mechanic prior to enlisting.

He enlisted on 16 Feb 1942 at Jackson Army Airfield, Florida and was later assigned as an Engineer with the 452nd Bombardment Squadron-Medium, 322nd Bombardment Group, 3rd AAF.

After enlisting, he reported to MacDill Field, Florida where the 322nd Bomb Group was activated with it's subordinate squadrons (449th, 450th, 451st, 452nd) on 19 June, 1942. There Tec5 Cook went through training on B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder aircraft. Later, he and his unit moved to Drane Field, Florida in late September, 1942 in preparation of deploying overseas. In December, 1942 the 452nd BS, 322nd BG was assigned to the 8th AAF

The 452nd departed final processing at Morrison Field, Florida in March, 1943 with their destination of RAF Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England. The last aircraft of the Group arrived on 29 May, 1943. Tec5 Cook didn't remain here long, for a short period later, the group was reassigned to RAF Andrews Field, Great Dunmow, Essex, England. From there he served as a crew member conducting bombing missions against German targets in France.

On 16 October, 1943, the 8th AAF transferred it's units, which included the 452nd BS, 322nd BG to the 9th AF, IX BC for its' preparation for the invasion of Normandy.

Tec5 Cook was a crew member-Engineer/Gunner on board B-26 Marauder, #41-31817 based out of Great Saling, East Sussex that was shot down by anti-aircraft artillery on 23 Nov 1943 over St. Omer-Wizerness, France. MACR 1187. According to records, there were no survivors. He was listed as killed-missing in action.

Provided by Rick Ervin


 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charles Edward Cook (1866 - 1950)
  Florida Hagan Cook (1875 - 1959)
 
 Sibling:
  Gladys Cook Moore (1902 - 2003)*
  Claude Thomas Cook (1917 - 1943)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Louisiana TSGT 452 AAF Bomb Sq. World War Two The Distinguished Flying Cross-Air Medal & 3 Oak Leaf Clouster, Purple Heart
 
Note: Inscription on family marker: "In memory of our son, TSGT. Claude Thomas Cook - 1917/1943, Engr. Gunner 3rd Army Air Forces, lost in flight over France"
 
Burial:
Leesville Cemetery
Leesville
Vernon Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Maintained by: SFC USA RET Duffie & Kat...
Originally Created by: zzyzx1947
Record added: Aug 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29315941
Claude Thomas Buddy Cook
Added by: SFC USA RET Duffie & Kathy
 
Claude Thomas Buddy Cook
Added by: SFC USA RET Duffie & Kathy
 
Claude Thomas Buddy Cook
Added by: SFC USA RET Duffie & Kathy
 
 
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"The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war." RIP Soldier. Thank You for your service.
- Rick Ervin
 Added: Feb. 13, 2014

- Rachel's mom
 Added: Nov. 12, 2012
Engineer/Gunner crew member of Uncle John Siroki. Rest in Peace.
- Teri
 Added: Apr. 17, 2012
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