He was the son Harold Eugene Cook. His wife was Lorretta Lorraine Wilson.
On March 26, 1943, Cook was the flight engineer on B-24D Liberator #41-23700, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. They were number one to take off for a mission from Alipore Airdrome in India. The B-24, piloted by 2nd Lt Jack C Porter failed to clear some palm trees at the end of the runway and crashed. Cook was the only survivor.
2nd Lt. Ralph W Lehr
2nd Lt. Jesse B Adams, Jr
2nd Lt. Paul S Hite
SSgt. Clifford A Cole
SSgt. James W Franklin
SSgt. Ellis W Dodd
Sgt. William E Adams
After returning stateside, Cook was killed in
the crash of B-24 #44-49180 shortly after it
took off on a radar navigational training flight
from Victorville Army Airfield in California.
He was a veteran of forty-three combat missions in the India/China/Burma theater, and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Purple Heart.
Also killed in the same accident were:
1st Lt. James G Wright, Pilot
2nd Lt. Norbert J Vehr
2nd Lt. Herbert A Perry
Irene Josephine Syrstad Krook
TSGT, 492 AAF BOMB SQ, 7 BOMB GP WORLD WAR II
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