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Miles Lewis Cooley

Military

Miles Cooley was Left Waist Gunner in the 305th Bomb Group / 364th Bomber Squadron. On board B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones' on the 4 April 1943 mission to the Renault works in Paris-Billancourt. Wounded in the plane by a Flak fragment. #42-5232 was shot down by a German fighter and crashed west of Rouen, France. Miles Cooley was immediately captured and made a Prisoner of War (POW).

Service

People

  • Robert Fabec

    Military | Lieutenant | Bombardier | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Robert Fabec attended the Trinidad State Junior College in Trinidad, Colorado and graduated in 1939. He enlisted in the Air Corps in January 1942 and trained as a Bombardier. It was in that position that he flew on B-17 #42-5232 “Available Jones” of...

  • Allen Fitzgerald

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Allen Michael Fitzgerald (also mentioned as Michael Allen Fitzgerald) was a Right Waist gunner in the 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron. Shot down 4 April 1943 in B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones'. EVADED. Jumping right before Radio Operator...

  • John Hollenbeck

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    John Hollenbeck was Tail Gunner on B-17 # 42-5232 “Available Jones” of the 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron on 4 April 1943 when it was shot down over France. Landing near Rouen, France, he was captured and became a Prisoner of War (POW)....

  • William Johnson

    Military | Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 4 April 1943 in B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones'. Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag 7B at Krems Austria and work camps. POW

  • Morris Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Morris M. Jones was Pilot of B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones' of the 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron. Shot down 4 April 1943 in France. ...

  • Edward Logan

    Military | Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Edward Logan was Co-Pilot of B-17 #42-5232 "Available Jones" of 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron, shot down on 4 April 1943. He landed in parachute near Vaudreuil, Eure Department, and was hidden at Villers-sur-le-Roule at the home of Georges...

  • Jack Luehrs

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Jack Luehrs was a Radio Operator in the 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron. Shot down 4 April 1943 in B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones'. Orginally believed to have been Killed in Action (KIA), as he was the last to jump from the plane and nothing...

  • Edward Mescher

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Edward Mescher was a Ball Turret gunner in the 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron. Shot down 4 April 1943 in B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Homer Mohr

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Homer Mohr was Navigator of B-17 #42-5232 'Available Jones' of the 305th Bomber Group / 364th Bomber Squadron. Shot down 4 April 1943 in France. Landing near Rouen, France, he was captured and became a Prisoner of War (POW). Interned at Stalag Luft 3...

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Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-5232 Available Jones

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 18 October 1942; Presque Island 26 November 1942; Assigned 364BS/305BG [WF-E] Chelveston 13 December 1942. Missing in Action Paris-Billancourt Renault auto works on 4 April 1943. Pilot Morris M. Jones, Co-Pilot Edward T. Logan,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 49

    4 April 1943
    The Renault armament and motor works at Paris, France are the primary target of this mission. 97 B-17s are despached: 91BG (26); 303BG (23); 305BG (18); and 306BG (30). 85 of the 97 despatched are effective on the target. Fighter resistance is heavy...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Oregon, United States 24 August 1919

the son of Lewis J. and Emma E. Cooley

Lived in Curry County, Oregon, United States 1941
Enlisted Fort Lewis (Tacoma), Washington State, United States 14 October 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps

Captured near Rouen, France 4 April 1943
Prisoner of War (POW) Sagan, Poland 4 April 1943 – May 1945

Interned at Stalag Luft 3, Sagan, Poland. Force-marched to Stalag 7A Moosburg, Germany. Liberated there by US troops 29 April 1945. NARA WWII POW records : "Returned to Military control 15 June 1945."

Died December 1979

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 March 2020 04:06:16 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2016 15:40:08 ED-BB Changes to middlename, role, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 15592
NARA WWII Enlistment records
NARA WWII POW records

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:14 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15592, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p 99, NARA

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