Lt. Richard Cooke, Bombardier of the ill-fated "Straight Shot", delivered the bomb load to the target under fire. He was wounded in the second wave of fighter attack and left the plane with chutless William Baxendale clinging to his back. Richard Cooke survived the war. The story you are reading is his recollection of that fateful day as told to his son Greg. Richard Cooke survived POW camp and returned to the USA after the war. He reinlisted and served as Navigator on B-29's. He left flying status in 1963 and retired from the Air Force in 1969. He now lives in Colorado near his sons.
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