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Morgan K Cox

Military

Service

People

  • Richard Barrickman

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Flight Engineer | 466th Bomb Group

  • Arthur Bass

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 466th Bomb Group

  • Norman Boehm

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Martin Bredvik

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 466th Bomb Group

  • Abe Frost

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Roger Neely

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

  • Walter Schaeffer

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Robert Turk

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 466th Bomb Group

  • Fred Worth

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Airplane Armorer-Gunner | 466th Bomb Group
    32 missions all in 1944. DFC Air Medal w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ European African Middle Eastern Service Medal w/ 3 Bronze Stars

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 785th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

Missions

  • 393

    5 June 1944

  • 394

    6 June 1944
    D-Day. Start of Operation Overlord.

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

  • 407

    12 June 1944
    Willie Hussong got his arm caught in the door of the lower ball turret. Palmer and Rollinger pried him out with a gun barrel. Bombed an airfield. Hussong hospitalized.

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

  • 425

    20 June 1944
    Bombed an airfield. We were hit by flak; a piece hit Palmer's armor plate and another hit a gas tank. Probriefed in the evening for a big secret mission.

  • 435

    23 June 1944

  • 94

    24 June 1944

  • 445

    28 June 1944

  • 460

    8 July 1944

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Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wichita, KS, USA 7 September 1921
Lived in Topeka, KS, USA 1942

1444 Okley St.

Lived in Bandera, TX 78003, USA 2000
Died San Antonio, TX, USA 19 September 2015

Morgan Keith Cox passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2015. Born on Sept 7, 1921 in Wichita, Kansas to Ruth L. Cox and Cecil J. Cox, Morgan attended school in Kansas and graduated from Topeka High School in 1940. After high school he attended Texas Christian University and also obtained his private pilot's license when only 20 years old in the fall of 1941. After the attack at Pearl Harbor and the onset of WWII Morgan joined the Army Air Corp and graduated from the Air Corp flight school in Douglas, Arizona. While at Douglas Air Force Base he married his first high school girlfriend from Topeka, Patricia Marie Schaefer. Morgan was initially assigned to captain the piloting of B-24 aircraft at Albuquerque, New Mexico- and from there was assigned to his first duty overseas conducting combat missions with the 8th Air Force, 96th Combat Bomb Wing, Heavy 466th Bombardment Group, flying out of Norwich England. Though barely old enough to vote Morgan led his crew in piloting their B-24 (that they named "Splash"), conducting 32 bombing missions over enemy controlled territory in 79 days. Through heavy enemy resistance and at one point suffering severe damage to his aircraft Morgan successfully completed all safely. For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart. He maintained a friendship and communication with many of his crew for the remainder of his life, and was the last living crew member at the time of his passing. He returned to the US and was assigned to the 5th Ferry Group at Love Field, Dallas, Tex. Flying and delivering many types of wartime aircraft including B-29s all across the US, Africa and Brazil- planes to be later ferried to combat operations in Europe and the Pacific- and was honorably discharged from the Army Air Corp. as Capt. In 1946. Returning from the war Morgan went to work for Columbian Securities Corporation becoming VP and concluded his career at Paine Webber, Jackson & Curtis. From San Antonio he moved to Bandera, Tx where he purchased land nearby and built a ranch in 1973. At his ranch Morgan raised Charolais cattle, Red Angus cattle and quarter horses. He rode cutting horses as a amateur for about 10 years, making the national finals held in Las Vegas on multiple occasions. He maintained a lifelong love of flying and continued to pilot aircraft up until the age of 70- owing several airplanes from time to time, including Mooney's Beechcraft Baron, and a Pitts bi-plane. But his favorite was the PT22 Ryan trainer he flew while in training with the Army Air Corp when in Douglas, AZ. He found it many years later in a South Texas pasture, dilapidated. Checking the serial number on the plane, he realize dit was one of the planes he flew when training while at Douglas AFB. He purchase the plane from the landowner and had it completely restored to its original condition. He flew the plane for a number of years to various club events across the US. Morgan also enjoyed playing golf and shooting skeet and trap as a member of the Bandera Gun Club. And, he enjoyed reading until his eyesight begin to fail and was a frequent visitor to the Bandera Public Library.

Buried San Antonio, TX, USA 22 September 2015

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 48A Site 105

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 01:50:22 gdc64 Changes to service number
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Gordon Cox - son

Date Contributor Update
24 July 2018 01:49:21 gdc64 Changes to awards
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Gordon Cox - son.

Date Contributor Update
28 May 2016 04:26:04 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2015 03:23:31 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom and Brassfield, page 344

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