340th Bomb Group
487th Bomb Squadron
Charles Cook’s Photo Collection
of R &R in
Edited by his son Doug Cook
LAST Updated October 18, 2014
Following in Dad’s Footsteps with my Family
Charles Cook was sent on R&R after suffering PTSD in Aug 15, 1944 Mission
During D-Day S. France at Avignon
Dad took these tourist photos of MISR AIRLINES DeHavilland DH86 Express.
Airlines is now
US Army Air Corps from Corsica on R&R in
Lts. Bloomberg, Sparling, Cook, “Mac” McLaughlin
Note the Sphinx to the left. The site looks very different today (see below).
Charles Cook posing on a camel.
These photos are among my favorites from Dad’s photo
album. I remember the pyramid photos from my youngest years- sparking a desire
for travel and adventure. Humphrey Bogart is there somewhere around the
bend! I do remember his anecdote of the
EGYPT GIZA 1999- 55 years later
Son Doug Cook (me)- Tourist on camel in Dad’s footsteps
Haley, Doug, and Elizabeth (expecting!) Cook- Tourists in Grandpa’s footsteps.
GIZA 2009. Madeline is nine!
From Dad’s collection: Wall
mural somewhere in
Bloomberg, McLaughlin, Hyland, Cook
BEER WAGON!! in
Chas and Harvey by the pool
AMERICAN BAR - RESTAURANT- MUSIC HALL
Must have been a memorable night!
Al RIFAI MOSQUE
Squadron Crew Visits the Holy Land –
TEL AVIV- Local soldier guards the B-25 while the crew is touring
The Western Wall is holy to the Jewish people because it is thought to be the only remnant of the
“Mac” McLaughlin asleep in a taxi after the
Doug Cook with Madeline, Haley, and Elizabeth
Rome Vatican City 1944 after liberation (June 4, 1944).
Photographed from a B-25 on approach for R&R.
Rome Tiber River
Victor Emanuel’s Tomb
Pope Pius XII Blessing the Troops
on Dad’s visit to Vatican City after liberation (June 4,1944)
B-25 Pilots Lt. Charles Cook and Lt. Serangeli
at St. Peters in the Vatican on R&R 1944
Lt. Chas. Cook
Rome on R&R 1944
St Peters Square from St Peters Cathedral Dome
St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on R&R 1944
Note the Egyptian Obelisk
St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican 2002
58 years later.
Cook Family with baby Madeline following in Grandpa’s Footsteps.
Note the same Egyptian Obelisk. It was a record 100 deg. heat wave in Italy.
The mountain fed aqueduct water in the fountains was blessedly cold and following the locals’ lead- delicious to drink.
The gelato was mighty tasty also!