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Paul Garfield Cosandier

Military

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 6534

Awards: PH.

Service

People

  • Victor Romasco

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 6534 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-102585 'The Betty L'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/3/44; Kearney 1/4/44; Dow Fd 8/4/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-A] Ridgewell 24/4/44; Missing in Action 12m Tours 24/6/44 with Vic Romasco, Navigator: Jim Chandler, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Elbert Giddens,Tail gunner:...

Missions

  • 438

    24 June 1944

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lincoln, Nebraska, USA 15 December 1924

Son of Paul Amos and Kittie M Cosandier.

Based Ridgewell 1944 – 24 June 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Valleres-le-Hay, France 24 June 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Tours 24-Jun-44 in B-17 42-102585 'The Betty L'; flak hit in radio room, crashed Valleres-le-Hay, 12 miles SW of Tours, France; KIA MACR 6534

Buried Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Plot D Row 21 Grave 42

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
16 May 2019 05:27:31 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28991824
https://www.fold3.com/image/624130721
https://www.fold3.com/image/249096236?rec=249096376
https://www.fold3.com/record/529908286-paul-g-cosandier
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56643484/paul-garfield-cosandier

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

381st Bomb Group Memorial Association, March 1999, MACR 6534 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6534 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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