Barry T. Cooke
Commander, United States Navy
Rank/Branch: Lt. Commander/US Navy
Unit: VA 36, USS ROOSEVELT
Home City: Austin Texas
Date of Loss: 02 February 1991
Country of Loss: Kuwait
Status: Missing in Action
Status in 2002: KIA/BNR
Other Personnel in Incident: Patrick K. Connor (missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 09 March 1991 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, published sources, interviews. Update 2002 POW NETWORK.
REMARKS: OPERATION DESERT STORM
The Grumman A6 Intruder is a two-man, all weather,
low-altitude, carrier based attack plane, with versions adapted as aerial
tanker and electronic warfare platform. The A6A primarily flies close air
Lieutenant Commander Barry T. Cooke and Lieutenant
(jg) Patrick Connor are Intruder pilots assigned
On February 2, 1991, the Intruder on which Cooke was the pilot and Connor the co-pilot, was shot down off the coast of Kuwait during a strike mission against Iraqi warships. Cooke and Connor were declared Missing in Action.
Search and rescue efforts were conducted for
five days and then suspended, without having found the missing airmen.
Aircraft wreckage was located in the water off Kuwait City, and according
to one Connor family friend, the Navy changed the status of the airmen
to lost at sea. However, Pentagon spokesmen, as of February 7, still list
the two as Missing in Action. Connor's family, who has been intervied by
various media, has hope that the
Barry T. Cooke was a native of Austin, Texas and was a 1973 graduate of Austin McCallum High School. He was married, and he and wife, Letitia, and their three children lived in Virginia.
On 2 February 1991, VA-36 suffered the combat
loss of an A-6E intruder, shot down off Faylaka Island, and its crew, Lieutenant
Patrick K. Conner and Leiutenant Commander Barry T. Cooke. The other was
an F/A-18 and its pilot, lost at sea while returning from an overland strike
mission. They flew from the deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71).