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Russell Henry Cook Jr

Military

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 10 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into North Sea off Benacre Ness. Killed in Action (KIA)

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Lionel Sceurman

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. 9 x combat missions. Day before VE day. Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Utrecht, Netherlands in B-17 44-8640, despite "free passage guarantee", flak hit in engine and crashed into North Sea off Benacre...

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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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-8640

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 14/11/44; Dow Field 3/12/44; Assigned 388BG Knettishall 4/12/44; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-D] Horham 5/12/44; after 58 missions was Missing in Action Operation Chowhound (6th such mission) 7/5/44 with Lionel Sceurman, Navigator:...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wakefield, VA 14 October 1924

Son of Russell Henry Sr and Susie Irene [Wynn] Cook.

Enlisted Roanoke, VA 15 June 1943

Roanoke, Virginia

Based Horham March 1945 – 7 May 1945

Assigned to 334BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Off Benacre Ness 7 May 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Chowhound mission to Netherlands in B-17 44-8640; crashed into North Sea off Benacre Ness. KIA

Buried Evergreen Burial Park Roanoke, Roanoke City, VA 1948

Evergreen Burial Park
Roanoke,
Roanoke City, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 August 2021 18:23:29 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/599076065
https://www.fold3.com/record/87322835/russell-h-cook-jr-wwii-army-enlist...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/1307
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86160483/russell-henry-cook

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:47 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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