Robert Sydboten McCook was born on 6 April 1920 in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of McKendree F. McCook and Leola Sydboten. He was married to Doris Smallman.
Lt. McCook died on 6 March 1944
Buried at Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville, FL

735th Bomber Squadron, 453rd Bomber Group, Heavy

Aircraft B-24H with serial number 42-52191, nickname Lillie Bell, was on a operational mission to Genshagen in Germany. The aircraft ditched in the North Sea on the return flight after being badly damaged. 2nd Lt McCook was reported killed in action due to drowning and was initially buried at the American Military Cemetery, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, on 9 March 1944 at 1500 hours.


Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Herman J. Meek
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Robert S. McCook
Navigator, 2nd Lt Joseph G. Halliburton III
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Joseph G. Cyr
Radio Operator, T/SGt Martin L. Kiner
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Donald E. Wright
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt William J. Gricas
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt William A. Koch
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Thomas H. Keathley
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Frank W. LeFever

Picture from yearbook 1939 of the University of Tennessee

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 April 1920
  • Date of death: 6 March 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Fountain City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 735th Bomber Squadron, 453rd Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Evergreen Cemetery, Gainesville, FL
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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