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Dedicated to Charles M. Cook’s Service

to the Army Air Corps and his

Collection of 340th BG  and 487th Squadron History in

Italy and Corsica, March 1944-February 1945

 

                Site Edited and Maintained by his son  Doug Cook  Last Update August 6, 2016

 

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487th Squadron

Capt. Charles M. Cook Biography

 

Charles M Cook 487th Bomb Squadron Combat Missions

 

Chas M Cook Air Mission Awards Announcements

 

AIR MEDALS EXPLAINED

 

487th Squadron Pilot Training

 

340th BG 487th Squadron Alesan Air Base

 

R&R in EGYPT, HOLY LAND, and ROME        

 

487th Squadron Video!!!

 

489th Squadron Video!!!

 

North Africa Campaign B-25 Video

 

486th Squadron Armament Officer

Major Harold (Hal) Bridges

 

487th Squadron Pilot

1st Lt. David Konigsberg

Remembers Charlie Cook and provides 487th History and additional Mission Sheets

 

 487th Squadron Pilot

1st Lt. Howard L. Owen

 

 487th Squadron Pilot

Capt. James A. Littlefield

 

487th Squadron Pilot

2nd Lt. Harley Anderson

 

487th Squadron Pilot

1st Lt. Telmo (Ted) Suarez

 

487th Squadron Pilot

2nd. Lt. Alfred James Nelson

 

487th Squadron Radio Operator/Waist Gunner

Harvey Hyland Bio and Log Book

 

487th Squadron Tailgunner SSGT Don Kenney Biography

 

487th Squadron Armorer/Gunner SSGT James E. Kelley  

 

340th Bomb Group

487th  SQUADRON HISTORY and WAR DIARY   NEW!  A colorful daily accounting of 340th BG life and combat from 1943 to 1945

 

German Air Raid on 340th BG Alesan Base Corsica May 13, 1944

 

Corsica Air Raid -German Perspective

 

340th Bomb Group Catania Sicily 1943  VIDEO    (Uploaded June 11, 2010: Transcribed from National Archives film; 52 mb)

                              Unedited version with no scenes cut

 

340th Bomb Group

487th Squadron Album and  History

 

57th Bomb Wing History “Battle of Brenner Pass”   (53 mb-right mouse button save-as file) A must read 114 page booklet with great photos describing the history and strategy of the 57th Bomb Wing and 340th Bomb Group from July 1944 to May 1945 (Operations Strangle and Bingo).  The Germans could repair track in a day and bridges in about one week!

(Credit to Herman Voss and Dan Setzer)

 

Brenner Pass Mission Saga:  Mission 735 Target - Ambrogio  February 13, 1945 by 486th BS Pilot 1st Lt. Walter Wooten   NEW!

A first hand account of two planes being shot down in Flak Alley.

 

340th Bomb Group Italy 1944-45 COLOR Video  (Uploaded June 11, 2010: Transcribed from National Archives film; 35 mb)

Unedited version with no scenes cut  Includes B-17, B-24, B25, and B-26 footage

 

487th Squadron Album

Bombing Missions to April, 1944

 

487th Squadron Missions and Bomb Run Photos  

 

487th Squadron Personnel Listing to May, 1944

 

340th Bomb Group Missions Bomb Run Photos and Mission Reports    NEW!

 

340th Bomb Group Missions List I

 

340th Bomb Group Missions List II

 

Flying Straight and Level into Heavy Flak

 

B-17 Memphis Belle in heavy flak- video  (The 340th BG took a heavy toll from flak.  Experience it here)

 

 

 

340th BG PLANES

 

487th Squadron B-25 Planes- Medium Bombers              

 

487th Squadron Missions and Bomb Run Photos  

 

B-25s Flying Brenner Pass- Google Earth Video Animation!!!  (Everything but the flak- see Memphis Belle below)

 

B-17 Memphis Belle in heavy flak- video (The 340th BG took a heavy toll from flak.  Experience it here)

 

487th ‘Dog face’ Squadron Documentation

 

487th Squadron 7F “Willie” ‘Dog face Squadron’

 

487th ‘Dog face’ Squadron B-25 Planes      

 

487th ‘DOG FACE’ Squadron Video!!!  (Uploaded June 10, 2010: Transcribed from National Archives film; 63 mb)

 

Unedited version with no scenes cut

 

487th Bomb Squadron

ENGINEERING, SALVAGE, and ARMORERS

 

340th Bomb Group Other Planes from Charles Cook’s Photos

 

486th Squadron B-25 Planes- Medium Bombers

 

486th Squadron Armorer  Major Harold (Hal) Bridges  (More B-25s)

 

488th and 489th Squadron B-25 Planes- Medium Bombers

 

489th Squadron Video!!!

 

488th and 489th BS

Aug 23, 1944

Pont San Martino Raid

 

Unknown Squadron B-25 Medium Bombers

 

MUST SEE  B-25 and Fighter Escort YouTube Videos

 

Link to more WWII Air Combat Video

 

 

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AUDIO  1943-1945

 

1944-04-17_RSH_Germany_Calling_-_We_Are_Waiting_for_You.mp3

 

1945-05-08_NBC_President_Truman_Proclaims_Victory_in_Europe.mp3

 

AndrewsSistersBingCrosby-AcentuateThePositive-1945.mp3

 

AndrewsSistersBingCrosby-AtTheFlyingW.mp3

 

AndrewsSistersBingCrosby-Betsy1945.mp3

 

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