T/Sgt Kooi was the flight engineer on B-24J #44-40811, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492rd Bombardment Squadron. They were part of a twelve plane formation that departed Madhaiganj, India to knock out the Geang Luang bridge in Burma. Right after bombing the target from about 300 feet the plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing, which caught fire. The plane drifted to the left, lost altitude and crashed 25 miles southwest of Bhre, Thailand, All aboard were killed.
Kooi had flown 35 combat missions and received the Air Medal.
TSGT, 492 AAF BOMB SQ, 7 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II
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