M.512  First Officer  Howard Lee Cooper

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 b. 12 Apr 1914, Pesotum, IL 

[Pesotum is a village in Champaign County, Illinois, named after

an Indian warrior in the Battle of Fort Dearborn.]

9 May 1941 to 21 Dec 1942 




Father Ira Monto Cooper; mother Anna [Knapp] b. 1880 d. 1984

m. Jul 1938 Kathryn Louise [Tudor]; 3 children

["Mr and Mrs Cooper took a honeymoon trip by plane, piloted by the former, who owns and operates a private ship."]

prev. an Airport Manager

prev. exp. 1369 hrs

Address in 1941: Tuscola, IL

Postings: 1FPP, 12FPP, 4aFPP, 16FPP

Suspended for 7 days with loss of pay in Sep-42 for low flying over Carlisle.

"A most reliable and willing pilot"; "A good pilot and very keen"


Contract Terminated by ATA - Disciplinary Reasons

"Mr and Mrs Cooper celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open reception. They both farm."

Briefly, their farm produced oil; however in 1965 the Decatur Herald said that only 2 of the 11 wells in Macon and Christian counties were still operating, and amongst them "Howard L Cooper's Long No. 2 was no longer profitable to operate. The pool in which it was located has been discovered less than 7 years."

d. 24 May 1989, Evansville IL

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