669th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

S/Sgt. Grady Franklin Cope

Airplane Mechanic-Gunner,  38396306

Prisoner Of War

669th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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  Born: 12-Feb-1923, Gould, Harmon County, Oklahoma

Entered Military Service: Date: 14-Jan-1943

POW summary:
Fail to Return Date: 27-May-1944
Captured: 27-May-1944, Vignacourt, By: Pz. Grenadier Unit 304
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Return Date: 30-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File Latest Report Date: 30-May-1945
NARA WW II POW Data File ID: 55062

Died: 15-Mar-2004, Hollis, Harmon County, Oklahoma

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry


Grady F. Cope

Altus Times (OK) - Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Grady F. Cope, 81, of Hollis, died at Harmon Memorial Hospital after a long illness. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Hollis Church of Christ. Officiating will be his brother-in-law, Dr. Carl Brecheen of Abilene, Texas. Interment will follow at Fairmount Cemetery under the direction of Patterson Greer Funeral Home.

He was born Feb. 12, 1923, in Gould to Charlie and Myrtle Cope. He married Jane Brecheen on Nov. 30, 1947. He graduated from Gould High School and from a seed analyst school in Ames, Iowa.

He was a seed analyst for 15 years for the Motley Seed Company, Postmaster in Hollis for 15 years, and worked for the Department of Transportation for 15 years. His hobbies including growing roses and taking care of his manicured lawn.

He was a World War II veteran and a POW for more than a year. He was very patriotic. He was baptized in March, 1948 and was a deacon in the Hollis Church of Christ for many years until his health failed and he had to resign. One of the highlights of his life was baptizing his granddaughter, Courtney, on July 16, 1989.

He is survived by his wife, June of Hollis; one daughter, Janna Robinson and her husband, Ed, of Yukon; one granddaughter, Courtney Robinson of Irving, Texas; one grandson, Carter Robinson and his wife, and one great-granddaughter, Bentlee, all of Weatherford. He is also survived by two sisters, Clara Moore, of Lufkin, Texas and Shirley Von kelly of San Manuel, Ariz. and several nieces and nephews.

- Altus Times (OK) March 17, 2004, Grady F. Cope Obituary, GenealogyBank.com (https://www.genealogybank.com/doc/obituaries/obit/15CE7FC84160A940-15CE7FC84160A940 [subscription required] : accessed 9 April 2021)

MACR 5032 Details

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane was seen to drop out of formation over target. Three parachutes were seen. Light flak was seen fired at parachutists on way down.

The majority of box 1 dropped on the No. 4 plane [Lt Siracusa], which, having received a direct hit by flak, salvoed its Bombs 10 seconds before the point for release. Six chutes were seen to come out of the planes flown by Lt Guillon and Lt Siracusa. ... The four crews were: Lt Allen W. Gullion Jr., S/Sgt Grady F. Cope, and S/Sgt Gerald L. Coffey; Lt Lucien J. Siracusa, S/Sgt James M. Hume, and S/Sgt Floyd E. Brown; Lt Harry E. Hewes, S/Sgt Joseph F. Kasper, and S/Sgt Harold E. Boyer; Lt Tommie J. Simms, S/Sgt Julius C. Williamson, and S/Sgt Harry W. Larsen. ... As the chutes from Lt Gullion's and Lt Siracusa's planes floated down, it was reported that light flak was fired at the parachutists from 8000 feet to the ground.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also Mission # 58

Photos and Documents
1930 US Census
1940 US Census
WW II Draft Registration
WW II Draft Registration
669th Bomb Sq., L-R: SSgt Grady F. Cope, 1Lt Joseph (nmi) Kupits, Cpt Meredith J. Huff, SSgt James B. Thompson. A/C is "Holy Joe"
671st Bomb Sq. L-R: 1Lt Richard V. Wheeler, 1Lt Peter G. Royalty, SSgt Grady F. Cope (669th BS)
SSgt Grady F. Cope
MACR Capture document
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Seminole Producer
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The Ada Weekly News
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The Daily Oklahoman
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The Daily Oklahoman
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Hollis Weekly News
Postmaster Appointment
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Henryetta Daily Free Lance
WW II Honoree

See Also:
Prisoner Of War (POW) Camps
Escape & Evasion (E&E) Reports
POW/E&E Terms and Acronyms
POW/E&E Sources, References, Resources