H. Weir Cook, Date Unknown
His Name Lives on in Indianapolis
Harvey Weir Cook was born in Wilkinson, IN June 30, 1892.
He died in New Caledonia on March 24, 1943 in an airplane
crash while training young pilots for combat during WWII.
Distinguished Flying Cross, Popular Aviation, July, 1935 (Source: PA)
In between he became an ace (he was a "balloon buster")
in France during WWI, and was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross in 1918. The circumstances of this decoration are documented above in an article from Popular Aviation (PA) magazine, July, 1935.
He was promoted to captain in 1919, flew air mail for the U.S.
Army between Salt Lake City and Omaha, worked on the Hoffman
cabin-chute for passenger transport airplanes, managed the
Curtiss-Wright Flying Service base at Indianapolis, IN, and was
recalled to active service in 1941. He served as Colonel
He landed one time at the Davis-Monthan Airfield, signing
the Register on December 20, 1926. He was solo, flying a
Douglas O-2C, registration number 26-10. He was eastbound
from San Diego, CA to Indianapolis, and wrote in the Remarks
column of the Register, "Ferrying
for I.N.G." He was no doubt tasked with providing this
new observation plane for the Indiana National Guard.
More information about
his contributions to aviation and a portrait can be found at the links in
the left sidebar, and in this 2002
Indiana State Senate Resolution naming
the new terminal at the Indianapolis International Airport
in his honor. He held civil transport license number T4673.
UPLOADED: 01/23/07 REVISED: 05/28/08, 06/29/14