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Sgt Charles J Cook
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Birth: 1924
Kentucky, USA
Death: Apr. 4, 1945, At Sea

Charles served as a Sergeant & Ball Turret Gunner on B-17G "Shadie Sadie" #43-38639, 548th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces

He resided in Los Angeles County, California prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on September 27, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in the building of aircraft and also as Single, without dependents.

B-17G #43-38639 took off from Station 155 in England on a bombing mission to Kiel, Germany.

After completion of the mission and while returning to Station 155 B-17G #43-38210 collided into them and both B-17's crashed into the North Sea during the war.

It is believed that B-17G #43-38210 had suffered battle damage which caused the pilot, 1st Lt. Ritchie, to lose control of his B-17.

Charles was declared "Missing In Action" in this crash.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

All nine airmen on his B-17 were declared "Missing".

Service # 39711694

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Airmen who perished on B-17G #43-38639:

Abernathy, Mercer G ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, TX
Bartlett, Robert E ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, PA
Cook, Charles J ~ Sgt, Ball Turret Gunner, CA
Crimmins, Timothy E J ~ Capt, Pilot, GA
Dawidowicz, Milton ~ S/Sgt, Tail Gunner, MD
Dodd, James E ~ 1st Lt, Bombardier, FL
Fitz Gerald, Robert D ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, MI
Murphy, James E ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, D.C.
Rapps, Oliver J ~ S/Sgt, Right Waist Gunner, IA

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For airmen who perished on B-17G #43-38210 see:

Ritchie, Robert G ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Washington

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Bio & Crew Reports by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Cambridgeshire, England
Plot: Tablets Of The Missing
Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
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