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Name: Harvey Weir Cook
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) with Oak Leaf Cluster Harvey Cook [WWII photo]
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Services: United States Air Service
Unit: 94th Aero
Victories: 7
Born: 30 June 1892
Place of Birth: Wilkinson, Indiana, USA
Died: 24 March 1943 Killed In Flying Accident
Place of Death: New Caledonia
Cemetery: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Plot O, Row 0, Grave 440
 
 
The son of Dr. Benjamin Harvey Cook, Harvey Weir Cook graduated from high school at Anderson, Indiana. While attending Washington and Jefferson College, he applied for a passport on 6 March 1917 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His goal was to do ambulance work for the Red Cross in France. When the United States entered the war, Cook transferred to the American Air Service and, after training, was assigned as a pilot to the 94th Aero Squadron. Flying the SPAD XIII, he was credited with seven victories including four balloons. During World War II, he was killed in a crash whilst flying the Curtiss P-40.
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harvey Weir Cook, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crepion, France, October 30, 1918. Captain Cook attacked three enemy bi-place planes at an altitude of 1,000 meters. After a few minutes of severe fighting his guns jammed, but after clearing the jam he returned to the attack, shot down one of his adversaries in flames, and forced the other two to retire to their own lines.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
 
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) Oak Leaf Cluster
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harvey Weir Cook, Captain (Air Service), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Dole, France, August 1, 1918. Sighting six enemy mono- place planes at an altitude of 3,500 meters, Captain Cook, attacked them despite their numerical superiority, shooting down one and driving off the others.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 01 Aug 1918 1005 94th SPAD XIII Scout 1 Bois de Dole
2 26 Sep 1918 1845 94th SPAD XIII Balloon Grand Ham
3 28 Sep 1918 0606 94th SPAD XIII Balloon Clery-le-Petit
4 03 Oct 1918 1615 94th SPAD XIII Balloon Grand Pre
5 18 Oct 1918 1535 94th SPAD XIII Halberstadt C 2 Exermont
6 22 Oct 1918 0555 94th SPAD XIII Balloon Tially
7 30 Oct 1918 0830 94th SPAD XIII LVG C Romagne

1 Shared with Lt Robert Z Cates
2 Shared with Lt S Kay, Lt Alden B Sherry
 
Books
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
 
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