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June 9, 2007
Doug, I knew your father, Charlie Cook, in
Hoping to hear from you.
June 10, 2007
Doug Cook (
David recalled that Charlie was one hell of
a poker player. David bet big on a hand
he was sure to win but lost to Charlie who had four kings. David explained that gambling was big in the
340th Bomb Group in Alesan,
David vividly recalled the deadly German bombing and strafing raid on the Alesan base in May 12, 1944. He realized how vulnerable they were in their tents at night. After that, each tent had a foxhole or trench dug next to it to dive into for cover.
He began as a copilot for 20 missions with Buck Parish as his pilot. When he became proficient at landing, he became pilot. David flew 65 B-25 combat missions plus six weeks flying C-47 transport before shipping back home around February, 1945.
B-25 Pilot 1st
Lt. David Konigsberg Alesan,
B25-J 7Z “Shirley Ann”
B25-J 7Z “Shirley Ann” Nose Art Restoration by Monguse
B25-J 7Z “Shirley Ann” Skin for IL2 Flight Simulator by Monguse
B-25 “Jeanie” and crew. David Konigsberg standing right.
B25-J 7A “My Naked Ass”
B25-J 7E “Watch Copier”
B25-J 7R “Uncle Willie”
Returning from a mission. 7T, 7Z and other aircraft of the 487th peeling off en echelon to land.
August 1944 Alesan,
FROM MISSION SHEETS IN
Poggio Renatico Today
Before D-Day, 340th
BG Flew Missions to
He flew his plane B-25-J 7B “Bitch N Mitch” to
Magenta, Italy Bomb Run Photo from Charles Cook’s Collection
Borovinica (former Yuguslavia) Today
Note: This Operation is in Flak Alley Brenner Pass
LAVIS BOMB RUN PHOTO FROM CHARLES COOK’S COLLECTION