Veterans' Memorial Project

Robert Alfred Boock

Springfield, IL

World War II

College: Engineering

Graduation Year: Attended 1940

Service Branch: Air Force

Rank: Lieutenant

Date of Birth: 05/15/1920

Date of Death: 05/18/1943

Lt. Boock served with the 334th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group. He was a former RAF flyer and one of the first to fly the P-47 Thunderbolt in action. Two of his 3 confirmed kills were gained in this plane. Lt. Boock was killed in action while flying over the North Sea. He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Purple Heart.

-taken from Illinois Alumni News, April, 1947 and Web site above

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