From Waterford, CT, Lt. Emory C. Cook flew 62 combat missions with the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, from 12 June 1944 through 3 March 1945. He was then reassigned as a pilot instructor at Waco AFF where he served through 16 May 1945.
On August 9th  the heavy bombers of the 1st ATF, 1st BD, struck targets in Munich. We furnished ramrod support maintaining escort around the target. At 1100 in the vicinity of Measbach, Lt’s Keesey and F/O Cook started a diving attack on 30 unidentified s/e enemy aircraft flying at 20,000 feet. 30 FW 190s at 30,000 feet started after our aircraft which immediately pulled up into the top cover. Lt. Keesey succeeded in destroying one of the attacking FW 190s. F/O Cook got strikes on an unidentified s/e enemy aircraft damaging it. R/V and escort was made extremely difficult by several layers of strata form clouds extending to 30,000 feet. Huge oil fires were observed at Karlshrue on the way in. The bombers were observed dropping their bombs over Munich but the targets could not be seen due to weather conditions.
The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...
Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot
Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 x kill. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).
Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.
Military site : airfield
East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...