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Victor J Cozza

Military

10-Jul-42 assigned as an Engineer/Top Turret Gunner on B-17F 41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. Arrived at Molesworth UK aboard that aircraft on 12-Oct-42. Participated in 4 Operations (2 were aborted) See Biography events. He was medically grounded after 6-Dec-42, but still managed to fly one aborted mission on 12-Dec-42. Thereafter he became the Radio Repairman of the 359BS.

On 24-Nov-1943 He tripped over a generator and fell head first into the propeller of the B-17F 41-24605, "Knock-out Dropper" 303BG/359BS

Service

Units served with

  • 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...

  • 359th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24581 The '8' Ball

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball" was assigned 359BS/303BG [BN-O] with its crew on 1-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamogordo, New Mexico. The aircraft and crew were sent to Dow Field Bangor, Maine on 4-Oct-42 to prepare for overseas deployment; Molesworth...

  • 41-24606 Werewolf

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F-27-BO 41-24606 "Werewolf" was assigned 358BG/303BG [VK-H] Kellog Field, Battle Creek, Michigan on 14-Sep-42; Arrived at Molesworth, UK 16-Oct-42. ...

  • 41-24608 Yehoodi

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24608 [BN-S] "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS was assigned with a crew on 10-Jul-42 at Alamogordo Field, Alamgordo, New Mexico, The aircraft was the first of the 303rd to arrive at Moleworth on 12-Oct-42. Participated in 5 Operations (3 Aborted). See...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 22

    22 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at Lorient, France are the Primary (P) target of this mission. A combined force of 68 B-17s despatched from 91BG (18), 303BG (18) 305BG (23) and 306BG (9) against the target but a 10/10 could cover prevents all but 11 from 303BG from...

  • VIII Bomber Command 23

    23 November 1942
    The U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France are the Primary (P) for this mission. A combined force of 50 B-17s despatched from 91BG (10), 303BG (12), 305BG (20) and 306BG (8) to attack this target. 91BG is not able to put any of their group on the target,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 24

    6 December 1942
    The German airfield of Drucat at Abbeville, France is the primary target for 19 B-24s despatched from 44th Bomb Group but are recalled. One squadron of 6 does not hear the recall and proceeds to the target, 1 B-24 MIA. ...

  • VIII Fighter Command SHIPPING ATTACK & PATROLS

    12 December 1942
    4th Fighter Group conducts three operations: 41 Spitfires are despatched on shipping patrols and 6 attack a German ship; 4 Spitfires are despatched on defensive patrols; and 6 are despatched on defensive patrols along the English coast.

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 Middlesex City, Massachusetts
Assigned to Aircraft Alamogordo, NM 88310, USA 10 July 1942

Assigned as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yahoodi", 303BG/359BS at Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Arrived in UK Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 12 October 1942

Arrived at Molesworth, UK as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner of B-17F 41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS.

Mission #1 TSGT Victor J. Cozza, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Lorient, France 22 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top TUrret Gunner on B-17F 41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Mission #2 TSGT Victor J. Cozza, w/B-17F 41-24606, 303BG/359BS Saint-Nazaire, France 23 November 1942

Served as Engineer/Top TUrret Gunner on B-17F 41-24606 "Werewolf", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Mission #2 TSGT Victor J. Cozza, w/B-17F 41-24581, 303BG/359BS Lille, France 6 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top TUrret Gunner on B-17F 41-24581 "The '8' Ball", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Mission #4 TSGT Victor J. Cozza, w/B-17F 41-24608, 303BG/359BS - Aborted Rouen, France 12 December 1942

Served as Engineer/Top TUrret Gunner on B-17F 41-24608 "Yehoodi", 303BG/359BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roune, France, but mechanical failured forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Killed in Service (KIS) Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 25 November 1943

Killed in Service (KIA) when he tripped over a generator on the pad of B-17F 41-24605 "Konck-out Dropper", 303BG/359BS and fell into the spinning propellor. He was killed instantly.

Buried Massachusetts

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 18:14:53 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 12-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/006.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 18:12:00 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 18:08:38 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 23-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/004.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 18:04:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, HIstorian, Mission Report of 22-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/003.pdf

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 17:57:22 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Frank A. Saunders crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-saunders.html

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 17:55:13 Lee8thbuff Changes to events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: Frank A. Saunders crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-359-saunders.html

Date Contributor Update
14 December 2015 17:48:24 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 14-Dec-2015. Edited Summary Biography with mission participations; made connections to Place, Aircraft and Missions per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:28 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop & Hey p. 513

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