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1Lt Wilson Luther Cook
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1918
Death: Aug. 14, 1942

1st Lieutenant Cook was from Bradley, Oklahoma, a quiet and modest young man who was an experienced pilot with 45 missions in the Pacific. His flight training began at Kelly Field, Texas, before the war. After advanced training, he was assigned to the 88th Squadron of the 7th Bomb Group.

He was the co-pilot of B-17E #41-2416 "San Antonio Rose", one of a flight of twelve planes that had the unfortunate luck to arrive in Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941 as the Japanese attack was underway. Because the planes were being flown all the way from California, they each only had a minimal crew and no ammunition. All of the aircraft were eventually able to land, although two were damaged beyond repair by Japanese fighters and US forces firing on anything in the air. Cook's plane ended up having to land on the Kahuku Golf Course with two engines knocked out.

On August 14, 1942, Cook was pilot of B-17E 41-2656 'Chief Seattle', assigned to the 19th Bombardment Group, 435th Bombardment Squadron. They were flying from RAAF Base Townsville Australia on an extended reconnaissance mission of New Guinea, Rabaul and the Solomons area. He had flown this same flight path a number of times before and knew it well. The plane and crew were never seen again. It is believed the aircraft was intercepted by Japanese fighters.

Cook received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

Because his body was not recovered, he is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing. 
 
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 Parents:
  Jonas E. Cook (1890 - 1969)
  Rosa Iona Chostner Cook (1889 - 1971)
 
 Siblings:
  Kermit Elbert Cook (1912 - 1912)*
  Geneva Louise Cook Akers (1914 - 1988)*
  Virginia Cora Cook Addington (1916 - 2001)*
  Wilson Luther Cook (1918 - 1942)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Entered the service from Oklahoma.
 
Burial:
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
Manila
Metro Manila
National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot: Tablets of the Missing
 
Maintained by: dfr
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56787504
1Lt Wilson Luther Cook
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1Lt Wilson Luther Cook
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1Lt Wilson Luther Cook
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