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Tim Cook (#46481904)
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Bio Photo I have been researching some of the 36,000 + Army Air Forces personnel who died in the line of duty, of non-combat causes during the World War II era in service-related accidents. It is said that more
than 15,500 Army airmen were killed in airplane accidents between 1941 and 1946, within the borders of the U.S. and it's territories. They gave their all and died in the service of their country, but received no purple hearts and virtually no mention in the history books and have largely been forgotten by time.

For corrections, additions, or requests for transfer of memorial, please use the Edit tab, and select Suggest a Correction or Provide Additional Information to make any update requests. It is much easier to handle the issue this way, rather than a personal message.

I am happy to update any memorial, including family links. But I DO NOT like adding census information, copies of death certificates and please do not add long obituaries to the "photo" area. The information can be condensed and pasted into the bio area. If you don't have the time to type out the obituary, just email it to me. I will add it and give you credit for finding it.
I appreciate any information that can "round out" someone's bio.

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Messages left for Tim Cook (1727)[Leave Message]
Re: Clarence Bryson
Thank you so much for the photos for Clarence. I truly appreciate all the hard work that you do. I have been working for some time on military from my area, with a special interest in those on the Honor Roll from WWII. I still have about five more requests for that cemetery. The request list is so long that fulfilling them all must be a monumental task for those taking and editing the photos. Thank you again and if I can ever be of help to you let me know.

Added by JC on May 26, 2015 4:22 PM
Re: Richard Sample
Hi Tim,

I notice that you are looking for military that died in plane crashes in the states during WWII. You have a photo request for Richard Spangle in Butte Co. Cemetery with a death date of Sept. 16, 1943. I was wondering if the Richard Spangle that you are looking for had a death date of Dec. 6, 1943. See memorial #3542683. According to a note on the US National Cemetery Interment forms he was one of six who was killed in a plane crash at Huntington Lake, CA in 1943.

Added by JC on May 26, 2015 4:10 PM
Francis Allan Rider
Thank you for the photos from the tablet of the missing wall for Francis. I appreciate your time and effort. Great timing getting posted for Memorial Day.
Added by Brian on May 25, 2015 11:36 PM
Dan Phelan
Harry E. Hubbard photo
Hello Tim, and thank you very much for the great photos of Harry Hubbard's name on the Wall. I really appreciate it.
Dan Phelan
Baltimore, MD
Added by Dan Phelan on May 25, 2015 5:49 PM
Photo of Stanley Prosser

Thank you very much. This means so much his cousin will be surprised. He never thought he would see this.

Thank you
Added by Anonymous on May 25, 2015 1:02 PM
John Robinson
Thank you, Mr. Cook, for dedicating your time to these soldiers who died without going into battle. Shutty's is a story I have heard told my entire life since the 1950s. We would have been cousins if he had lived, but he died before I was born in 1946. Your efforts are much appreciated. John Robinson
Added by John Robinson on May 24, 2015 3:47 PM
sandi gunter hawkins
Zeb Tripp Jr
thank you so much! We were talking about Zeb at a family reunion yesterday and to find him and get pictures today is just amazing. thank you again for taking your time to do this.
Added by sandi gunter hawkins on May 24, 2015 1:05 PM
Aircraft Hunter
Sgt. James W. Schindel

I'm a member of the Project Remembrance team at I'm currently trying to locate the crash site of B-24E #42-7074 which crashed near Shoshone, Idaho, on December 19, 1943. I noticed you had quite a few details about the crash at the memorial for Sgt. James W. Schindel, Find-A-Grave #102697339. Do you have a copy of the accident report?


Added by Aircraft Hunter on May 22, 2015 12:09 PM
Erwin de Mooij
Morris H. Strong
Dear mister Cook,

my name is Erwin de Mooij and I am the content webmaster for the 457th Bomb Group Association website.

At this moment I am working on a virtual cemetery/memorial on the website honering all 339 KIA/MIA/KIS of the group.

I saw your picture of Morris H. Strong's grave marker and I was wondering if I could use it for the memorial. If you made any other photos of 457th BG members would I be able to use these too?

We would greatly appreciate it.

Best regards,

Erwin de Mooij
Content webmaster 457th Bomb Group Association
Added by Erwin de Mooij on May 21, 2015 12:31 PM
Everett Mefford
Ens Leslie Silsby "Sonny" Hornbeak
Thank you so very much for your time and the thoughtfulness of you honoring my photo request for this relative
Added by Everett Mefford on May 17, 2015 1:44 PM
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