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Warren Charles Cooley


Class of 44-B at Foster Field, TX; Fighter Pilot School at Bruning AFB, Neb. ; in England 8/44-12/44; flew P-47s & P-51s in 32 missions; memory of 12/26/44 -- flight leader of Blue Flt. into Battle of the Bulge area, pursued Fw190s into Germany, shot down 2 & was hit by flak over a German air field, n. w. of Cologne, captured by German civilians & beaten but rescued by Ger. soldiers, taken & interrogated at Dulag Luft then sent to Stalg Luft I for 4 months, liberated by Russians but still prisoner for awhile till air lifted to Camp Lucky Strike in France; 6 from the 359th FS returned to Martlesham - Capt. Tarbutton, Lt. Wong, Lt. Baite, Lt. Hull, Lt. Beach & Cooley


4 in Air


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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron


  • 44-15029

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-15181

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed at Campsea Ashe, Suffolk , 10:30 on 20 July 1945 killing Lt Richard J Stone Killed in Flying Accident (KIFA).

  • 42-8549 'Elsie' 'Fearless Fosdick'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Cashion, Oklahoma 6 July 1922

Son of Warren C Snr and Elsa F Cooley.

Lived in Kingfisher, OK 73750, USA 1941
Based Martlesham Heath 22 August 1944 – 26 November 1944

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 31 August 1944

Take Off Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 3 damage Lt Warren C Cooley, 31-Aug-44.

P-47D 42-8549 - 359FS 356FG 8AF

Promotion Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 26 November 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Hit by flak Baled out NW of Cologne, Germany 26 November 1944

Hit by flak in P-51D 44-15029 over a German air field, NW of Cologne. Baled out POW. MACR 11078.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 15 December 1944

Take Off Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 3 damage Lt Warren C Cooley, 15-Dec-44.

P-51D 44-15181 - 359FS 356FG 8AF

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 26 December 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Cashion, OK 73016, USA 28 December 2001
Buried Cashion, OK 73016, USA January 2002

Cashion Cemetery
Kingfisher County, OK


Date Contributor Update
11 July 2018 22:19:01 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11078 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / self MACR 11078