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Donald W Cooper

Military

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF. Credited 1 Fw190. Shot down by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR and crashed near St Aignan, FR in P-38J 42-67718 on 11 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM (OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 20th Fighter Group

    20th Fighter Group

    Group
    In August 1943, the 20th Fighter Group arrived in Clyde, Scotland, before travelling to Kings Cliffe, Northamptonshire, which was to be their base for the rest of the war. The Group flew 312 missions before their last mission on 25 April 1945. The...

  • 79th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

Associated Place

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, Illinois, USA 1924
Lived in Cook County, IL, USA 1941
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 8 April 1942
Based Kings Cliffe August 1943 – 11 February 1944

Assigned to 79FS, 20FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8, UK 29 January 1944

Taxiing Accident King's Cliffe/Sta 367 Cat 4 damage 2Lt Donald W Cooper, 29-Jan-44.

P-38J 42-67521 - 79FS 20FG 8AF

Died 41110 Saint-Aignan, France 11 February 1944

Shot down by fighters on a bomber escort mission to Frankfurt am Main, GR and crashed near St Aignan, FR in P-38J 42-67718 on 11 Feb 1944. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 41110 Saint-Aignan, France 14 February 1944

Interred
St Aignan cemetery

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 July 2018 13:21:50 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/529847756-donald-w-cooper
https://www.fold3.com/record/84403209-donald-w-cooper
https://www.fold3.com/image/310762837?terms=Donald%20W%20Cooper
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Cooper%2C+donald+...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56371772/donald-w-cooper

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2159 / MACR 2159, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol 2 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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