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John T Cooper Jr

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Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 18 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Held A/C level along with pilot for crew to bale out, last seen on catwalk to escape hatch. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13569

Awards: PH.

See more at : http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/341.pdf

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  • Francis Taub

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 19 x combat missions. Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 Held A/C level for crew to bale out, last seen on catwalk to escape hatch before spin....

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97557 "Mercy's Madhouse"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 20/12/43; 1SAG Langley 12/1/44; Mitchell 15/1/44; Assigned 482BG (H2X) Alconbury 5/2/44; transferred 422NLS/305BG [JJ-S] Chelveston 20/3/44; 544BS/384BG [SU-X] Grafton Underwood 4/8/44; 358BS/303BG [VK-X] Molesworth 8/44; landing...

  • 43-39160

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 23/12/44; Grenier 3/1/44; Assigned 358BS/303BG [VK-G] Molesworth 4/2/45; Missing in Action Hamburg 20/3/45 with Francis Taub, John Cooper, Elmer McWilliams (3 Killed in Action); Chas Johnson, Mike Dugan, Warren Chrisman, Chester...

Missions

  • 898

    20 March 1945
    Narrative - Official Air Force Mission Description ...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Memphis, Tennessee, USA 23 September 1923

Son of John T Snr and Julia A Cooper.

Enlisted Mempis, TN 5 December 1942
Based Molesworth 1944 – 20 March 1945

Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Westerade, Germany 20 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Hamburg in B-17 43-39160; Shot down by ME262's, crashed near Westerade on 20-Mar-45 KIA MACR 13569

Buried Calvary Cemetery, Memphis, TN 1948

Re-Interred
Calvary Cemetery
Memphis, Shelby County, TN

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 February 2019 12:48:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41997331
https://www.fold3.com/record/90514212-john-t-cooper-jr
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763347?rec=299396243
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/157471053/john-t-cooper

Date Contributor Update
19 February 2019 21:38:41 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 15:52:21 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged information from duplicate record to include details Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13569 / MACR 6541

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 15:50:43 general ira snapsorter Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number and events
Sources

Merged information from duplicate entry to include details from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13569 / MACR 6541

Correction to surname and suffix.
Updates to biography from details at :
http://www.303rdbg.com

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:43 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 13569 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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