Recovered Remains of WWII Airman to Be Buried With Full Military Honors
OAKLAND, Calif. - A World War II airman whose remains were found more than 60 years after he was shot down over Germany will finally be laid to rest.
A burial with full military honors for Lt. William “Billy” Cook is set for Sunday at a cemetery in Oakland.
The 27-year-old airman and his five-man crew were on a Dec. 23, 1944, mission when they were shot down over Germany.
The crew and their bomber were not recovered until two years ago, when amateur historians found the crash site near the Germany-Belgium border.
Update: More detailed story at SFGate, Recovered Bay Area WWII airman’s remains to be buried