Article by Bruce Irving.
Charles H. Cook flew a B-24D named "Cookie" with the 90th Bombardment Group in the southwest Pacific in 1942-1943. At that time, Allied forces were greatly outnumbered, and Japanese invasion of New Guinea and Australia was a very real threat.
Bruce Irving has interviewed Charlie Cook and composed this valuable record of his aviation career. The entire article is also available for free download.
2000 - Charles H. Cook stands next to a B-24 Liberator some 50 years after he risked his life flying just such an aircraft in defense of Australia in the South Pacific.
Charles H. Cook passed away on on Saturday January 20th, 2007. He is missed by his friends and family.
Charles H. Cook ca. 1942
In 2018 Bruce Irving commissioned this art of the Wewak encounter from Hendrik.
Bruce Irving poses with a restored B-24 Liberator.