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Charles Albert Cook Jr

Military

Joined RAFVR, Spartan Aeronautical College, assigned to 133S, transfer to 336th FS, 4th FG 8AF USAAF, shot down 26 September 1942 in Spitfire IX BR640. Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    Squadron
    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

Aircraft

  • BR640

    Spitfire
    Supermarine Spitfire BR640 Mk IX, Built at Rolls Royce Hucknall. ...

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command 133 SQ. RAF

    26 September 1942
    14 aircraft and pilots took off from Great Sampford for Bolthead, Devonshire, landing there at 1230 hours. At 1350 hours and after a very sketchy briefing, 12 aircraft of the Squadron took off together with 401 with orders to make rendezvous with a...

Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Eagle Squadrons Memorial

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born 1922
Joined RAFVR Canada 1940

Joined Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

Service pilot training Tulsa, OK, USA 1940

Service pilot training. Spartan Aeronautical College.

Assigned 1941 – 14 September 1942

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Transferred 14 September 1942 – 26 September 1942

Transferred to 336th FS, 4th FG 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 26 September 1942 – 8 May 1945

Held at Stalag Luft III, Sagan-Silesia (now Poland) later moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser. Officially Returned to Military Control (RMC) 8-May-45.

Shot down Brest, France 26 September 1942

Shot down 26-9-42 in Spitfire IX BR640.

Died 1986
Buried Parkersburg, WV, USA 1986

Mount Olivet Cemetery
Parkersburg
Wood County
West Virginia, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 February 2016 11:44:41 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3526
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=cook&GSfn=charles&...

Date Contributor Update
08 November 2015 22:11:28 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

EAGLES of the RAF - The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.
http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/people_details.php?PeopleID=3526
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=cook&GSfn=charles&...

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 18:34:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to suffix, biography, awards, events and place associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Added POW event.

Date Contributor Update
28 October 2014 17:11:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 28-Oct-2014. Added mission association within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 17:47:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2014 17:40:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number
Sources

Lee Cunningham 22-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) POW database.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:24 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 32

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