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DNA tests have helped positively identify three Army airmen who perished aboard a Martin B-26 Marauder over Belgium in 1944. Two men who called Alameda home are among them.

First Lt. William "Billy" Parker Cook and fellow pilots of the 397th Bomb Group, called the "Bridge Busters," took off about 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 23, 1944, from Péronne France. They had their orders: take out the Eller railroad bridge, a vital link in the German military supply line across the Moselle River.