Cobern Van PETERSON
1943 Wedding 6 June 1946
Pictures from Vanelle Peterson
T/Sgt US Army Air Force
Duty: waist gunner
Service #: 37342053
Unit: 458 BG 752 BS
Entered Service: 16-02-1943 Denver Colorado
Hometown: Frontier, Nebraska
Born: 19/01/1923 Moorefield, Frontier, Nebraska
Died: 22/06/2008 West Grove, Pennsylvania
Buried: London, Presbyterian Cemetery, New London, Pennsylvania
Married: Erma Beck on 6/6/1945
Photo: Jeff Pincin FAG
Interrogation report from Belgian Helpers:
Documents from resistance group General Sabotage C93
Report written by Felix Vandevenne and his wife Maria Juchtmans
Take off: 7:30 h 20 July 1944
Aircraft number B24 H – 117
Shot down in the vicinity of Diest.
Private address: RRt Moorefield, Nebraska, USA
After he landed he was saved by hidden Russians at Schaffen and was taken to Alfons Snijers, Heze, Schaffen.
There he was picked up by Charel Jonckers , Paepenbroekstraat 1, Webbekom and Felix Vandevenne, Begijnenstraat 31, Diest.
They brought Peterson to Prosper Graulus at Waanrode.
From here he was brought to Charles Busselen, Geetbets by Paul Goossens from Kortenaken, Henri Sondag from Assent Strijk and August Schepers from Waanrode.
There Peterson stayed till liberation.
Documents made by Prosper Graulus from Waanrode and collected by Severin Vandevenne, (11 years old and the documents were hidden in the lamp of his bicycle) Begijnenstraat 31, Diest.
These documents were handed over by Felix Vandevenne, Diest to René Kempeneers, Dorp 64, Oostham.
MACR Missing Aircrew Report
Escape and Evasion Report