Lt. 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. Lt. 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.
Exhibit: A Citizen Soldier in the Air: Lt. Charles H. Cook in World War II, by Bruce Irving.

Comments: Lt. 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 here - Charles H. Cook.

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.

Charles H. Cook - 1942 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.
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.

Bruce Irving has interviewed Charlie Cook and composed this valuable record of his aviation career. The entire article is also available for free download.

Charles H. Cook passed away on on Saturday January 20th, 2007. He is missed by his friends and family.

Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross

Download the pdf of 'A Citizen Soldier in the Air'.

Images

Pictures of the action at Wewak
B-24 versus japanese Zero at Wewak
B-24 Side Art
Fairchild PT-19 Primary Trainer
Charles H. Cook's B-24 Mitchell crew
B-17 Flying Fortress pictures
B-24 Mitchell pictures

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Bruce Irving poses with a restored B-24 Mitchell
Bruce Irving poses with a restored B-24 Mitchell