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Robert Whitney Cogswell

Military

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN Service Medal, National Defense and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF seving in Korean War, rising to Major, was lost in B-29A 44-61940, set upon by Migs and with a damaged engine headed out into and crashed in the Yellow Sea posted MIA 23-Oct-51, presumed dead on 28-Feb-54 Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Gilbert Bengston

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #4229738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Edward Cobb

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Paul Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #4229738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Eddie Deerfield

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 303rd Bomb Group
    Credited with 30 missions. First on 10 July 1943 to Poux, France. Last on 11 May to Saarbrucken, Germany. Flew most often with Captain Robert Cogswell at controls of B-17 Flying Fortress 'Iza Vailable. ' ...

  • Alvin Etheredge

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    13 x missions, last on 27-Aug-43. On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived,...

  • John Kennedy

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #4229738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Elmer Peterson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #4229738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

  • Harold Timm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 303rd Bomb Group
    10 x missions, last on 27-Aug-43. On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived,...

  • Paul Tippet

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    On 30 July 1943, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #4229738 'Upstairs Maid. ' Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to...

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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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

  • 42-29738

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky 28/3/43; Kearney 25/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-U] Podington 1/6/43; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 13/7/43;...

  • 42-29754 'Mason's Morons' 'Shangri-La Lil'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43. ...

  • 42-5434 Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

  • 42-5483

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/12/42; Salina 10/1/43; Homestead 17/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-F] Molesworth 7/3/43 RED ASS; transferred 427BS; 5m* Missing in Action Bremen 29/11/43 with Finis Brumbeloe, Co-pilot: Donnell Marsh, Navigator: Jim Groves, Flight...

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 Pittsburgh, PA, USA 17 August 1918
Enlisted Pittsburgh, PA, USA 3 February 1941
Based Molesworth 1943 – 26 September 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flying duties.

Ditched 22 miles off Felixstowe, UK 30 July 1943

Ditched into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe 30-Jul-43 rescued ASR 10 x RTD.

B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'

Emergency landing RAF Manston, Ramsgate CT12 5BB, UK 27 August 1943

Battle damaged - emergency belly landing at Manston, Kent 27-Aug-43 10 RTD.

B-17F 42-2973 'Iza Vailable'

Baled out WIA New Alresford, Alresford SO24, UK 26 September 1943

Mission abort, full bomb load propellor run away on #4, engine afire, ordered crew bale out, stayed with A/C to ensure it missed Alresford. Late Bale out caused torn back ligaments. WIA 26-Sep-43

B-17 42-5434 'Lady Luck'

Hospitalised Winchester, UK 26 September 1943 – 1944

Hospitalised in body cast, back ligament damage.

Based Molesworth 1944 – 1944

Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations.

Died Yellow Sea 23 October 1951

KIA in a B-29 crash in the Yellow Sea.

Buried Korean War Veterans Memorial, 130 Riverside Dr, Dayton, OH 45405, USA 1955

Body never recovered
Listed on Korean War Memorial Dayton, OH

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 21:54:37 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/85205605-robert-w-cogswell/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/312802076?terms=Robert%20W%20Cogswell
http://www.303rdbg.com/360cogswell.html
https://alresfordmemories.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/the-crash-of-lady-luc...
https://www.stripes.com/news/town-honors-wwii-pilot-who-averted-deadly-c...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13593519/robert-whitney-cogswell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118084786/robert-whitney-cogswell

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 21:24:49 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/85205605-robert-w-cogswell/facts
https://www.fold3.com/image/312802076?terms=Robert%20W%20Cogswell
http://www.303rdbg.com/360cogswell.html
https://alresfordmemories.wordpress.com/2015/11/15/the-crash-of-lady-luc...
https://www.stripes.com/news/town-honors-wwii-pilot-who-averted-deadly-c...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/13593519/robert-whitney-cogswell
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/118084786/robert-whitney-cogswell

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 208, 291 / http://www.303rdbg.com/360cogswell.html#

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