MCCOOK, CHARLES WOODRUFF, First Lieutenant, 0-41 963, USAAF

 

Charles W. McCook was born 5 May 1920 in Robeline, Louisiana, to Isaac “Jesse” Joel McCook (1895-1982) and Maynie Lee (Frederick) McCook (1899-1997). His siblings included Isaac Joel McCook Jr. (1918-1986), and John Lewis McCook (1921-1976).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 1 July 1941, a student, and described himself as 5’ 5 ½”, 160 lbs, with blond hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted 12 July 1941 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as an aviation cadet with four years of college. He completed flight schools and earned his commission and pilot wings. He was multi-engine rated to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He was the pilot of the B-25C, assigned to the 341st Bombardment Group, the 22nd Bombardment Squadron, # 42-53417, departed the Kurmitola Air Base at Chakulia, India, at 1430 hours on 3 August 1943, on a bombing mission to Maiktila, Burma. There were cumulus clouds at 4-6,000 feet, with 7/10ths coverage and poor visibility. The circumstances of the loss of the bomber and its crew were unknown. It was last seen over the target making its low altitude bombing run. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines , He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

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HIGHTOWER, NATHANIEL LEE, JR., Second Lieutenant, # 0-794544, USAAF

 

Nathaniel L. Hightower, Jr., was born 10 June 1916 in Fulton County, Georgia, to Nathaniel Lee Hightower (1890-    ),  and Mina (McGinty) Hightower (1891-    ). Married to Nan E. (    ) Hightower, they lived on Piedmont Ave. in Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia. He was an engineer for a wax paper company. In 1930, his father and Mina, with Lee W. Hightower (1917-    ) lived in Atlanta, GA. In 1910, they lived in Georgetown, Quiman , Georgia, and had a son, Benjamin F. McGinty (1885-    ) and Mina (18 years).

 

When he registered for the WW II draft, he gave an address of 1336 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, age 24, DOB 10 June 1916, born in Atlanta, GA, he worked for Southern Waxed Paper Co., 840 Woodrow Ave., SW, Atlanta, GA. He enlisted 24 December 1941 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia, with four years of college, married, and as an aviation cadet. He was the co-pilot of the B-25C, assigned to the 341st Bombardment Group, the 22nd Bombardment Squadron, # 42-53417, departed the Kurmitola Air Base at Chakulia, India, at 1430 hours on 3 August 1943, on a bombing mission to Maiktila, Burma. There were cumulus clouds at 4-6,000 feet, with 7/10ths coverage and poor visibility. The circumstances of the loss of the bomber and its crew were unknown. It was last seen over the target making its low altitude bombing run. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, the Philippines. His family placed a memorial marker in Magnolia Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

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