James R. Cooper USAAF |
Tucson, AZ March 1945
Cooper Life Member- No. 7183
Name Middle Initial:
PO BOX 65
& State: DOUGLAS, AZ
Branch: Army Air Corp
8 AF 448 BG
Held In: Stalag Luft III, Stalag VIIA
Long Interned: 304 days
/ repatriated: liberated
at Capture: 28
Received: Air Medal, POW Medal Campaign Medal
Job: 2nd Lt. Capt.
Cananea Copper Co.
after War: Metallurgy Eng.
James R. (Jim) Cooper: Born May 18, 1916, Hubbell, MI. Mr. Cooper has a
B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering 1939, Michigan Tech. I married Alice
E. (Betty) Cavender in Globe AZ, April 26, 1942. I have 3 sons and 1
I worked for Arizona mining companies for 4 years (1939-1943;
1946-1947), interrupted by military service, 1943-1945. I enlisted in
the Army Air Force, as an aviation cadet. I trained in Santa Ana, CA:
Las Vegas, NV (gunnery); and Houston, TX (Ellington Field).
I completed 12 ½ missions with the 712th Squadron, 448th Bomb Group,
8th Air Force, as a navigator. I was shot down and crash-landed in
Holland on June 29, 1944. Our target was Bernburg, but we were hit on our
third pass over Magdeburg, after dropping bombs on target. Situation
After interrogation at Dulag Luft, we went to Stalag Luft III, until the
end of January 1945. Then we were evacuated to Moosberg, Germany, first
marching, then in crowded boxcars. We were liberated April 29, 1945.
I worked for more than thirty years for mining companies in Mexico.
Since 1978, I have worked as a consultant in Mexico and the western
I am an author and co-author of technical paper in English and Spanish.
I am also the holder of process patent. I presently reside in Douglas,