Kearney, Nebraska


Robert Coover was from Kearney and graduated Kearney High in 1939. He attended Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney for two years.

Coover enlisted as an air cadet and was sent to training at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He eventually earned his commission and pilot's wings. He served as a B-17 pilot with the 100th bomb group, 350th squadron, 3rd division, of the 8th Air Force. He was killed with eight members of his crew while flying a mission over Berlin in 1945.

Branch of Service

Army Air Force



Military Occupational Specialty

B-17 Pilot

Death Date


Original Source Location

UNK Archives Briggs Collection, Box 23, Folder 4, Envelope 3

Additional Information

Additional information available in the 1946 Blue and Gold yearbook, viewable at http://library.unk.edu/archives/ . If you'd like to schedule a visit to view these materials in person, or if you'd like to submit additional information, please contact us.

Briggs-B23-Env-3-Robert-Coover-1.pdf (214 kB)
Robert A. Coover Missing in Action Over Germany (Kearney Hub)

Briggs-B23-Env-3-Robert-Coover-2.pdf (1009 kB)
Obituary for Robert A. Coover

Briggs-B23-Env-3-Robert-Coover-4.pdf (116 kB)
Lt. Robert Coover Now Declared Dead



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