Pooler in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
1st Lt Harlan Leroy Cook
Great Ashfield "The Mighty Eighth"
1st Lt Harlan Leroy Cook
August 27, 1920 - May 2, 2006
Enlisted Army Air Corps April 1942
Pilot Training California and Arizona
April 22, 1944 11th Mission Hamm Germany
"Tail End Charlie"
FW190 Attack Shot Down Hilbeck Germany
POW Staglag Luft III
Liberated April 29, 1945
"Miss Cheyenne" S/N 4238200R
Location. 32° 6.952′ N, 81° 14.249′ W. Marker is in Pooler, Georgia, in Chatham County. Touch for map. Located adjacent to I-95, Georgia exit 102, (US 80 east), at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 175 Bourne Avenue., Pooler GA 31322, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt. Alpheus L. Kilmer Crew (here, next to this marker); Members Of The Rüsselsheim Death March (here, next to this marker); Sittin' Pretty (here, next to this marker); 55th Fighter Group (here, next to this marker); To The War Time Mothers of America (here, next to this marker); "Hard 17" "Stubborn Jean" (here, next to this marker); Crew Of Fritz Blitz (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pooler.
Also see . . .
1. 385th Bombardment Group - Eighth Air Force Historical Society. strategic targets included aircraft factories in Oschersleben and Marienburg, battery works in Stuttgart, airfields in Beauvais and Chartres, oil refineries in Ludwigshafen and Merseburg, and marshalling yards in Munich and Oranienburg. Sometimes supported ground forces and struck interdictory targets. (Submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Stalag Luft III - from B24.NET Home ; United States Air Force Academy -. was located 100 miles southeast of Berlin in what is now Poland. The POW camp was one of six operated by the Luftwaffe for downed British and American airmen. Compared to other prisoner of war camps throughout the Axis world, it was a model of civilized internment. The Geneva Convention of 1929 on the treatment of prisoners of war was complied with as much as possible, but it was still war, still prison, and still grim. With a madman on top, there was the ever-present threat that authority above the Luftwaffe could change things on a whim.
(editor note: Kriegie is what the POWs called themselves. It is short for Kriegesgefangenen which is the German word for prisoner of war.)
The Great Escape of March 1944 triggered a tragically severe reaction from the Germans. The diversion from Germany's desperate war effort necessary to recapture the 76 men who got away through the escape tunnel reached Hitler's personal attention and he ordered 50 of the recaptured men to be shot. (Submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Harlan Leroy Cook at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on September 18, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 316 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 25, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.