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Francis E Cooke


Killed on missiom (KOM) on 17 September 1944. Plane exploded on takeoff. Plane was 'Rosie's Sweat Box'.


Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 614th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31863 Miss 'B' Haven

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 27/12/43; Gt Falls 29/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Presque Is 26/1/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-X] Deenethorpe 6/2/44; battle damaged ? 28/9/44 with ? ; Cologne 6/1/45; Salvaged 2 SAD Lt Staughton 19/2/45. MISS `B' HAVEN.

  • 42-97872 Rosie's Sweat Box

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 22/3/44; Hunter 16/5/44; Dow Fd 25/5/44; Assigned 614BS/401BG [IW-A] Deenethorpe 1/6/44; crashed on take off Dutch flak inst. 17/9/44 with Francis Cooke, Co-pilot: Paul Clark, Navigator: Chas Werner, Bombardier: Frank Jorgensen, Flight...


Event Location Date
Born Fonda, Iowa 4 March 1924
Killed on missiom (KOM) Deenethorpe, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17, UK 17 September 1944
Buried Fonda, IA 50540, USA


Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 02:45:48 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "." in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2016 14:28:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, biography, events, aircraft associations and media associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;

Correction to last name from

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:09:45 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / The Mighty Eighth Combat Chronology Supplement, 1942-45; p. 161.