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Wilbur G Cox

Military

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bohn, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 14626.

Awards: SS, AM(OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • Charles Bohm

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn,...

  • Ira Mooney

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer / Gunner | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn,...

  • Paul Ostrom

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier
    Assigned to 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn, Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 14626. ...

  • Ernest Todd

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 374BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn,...

  • Salvatore Vizi

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn,...

  • Daniel Winegar

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-pilot | 391st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn,...

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force

    9th Air Force

    Command

  • 391st Bomb Group

    391st Bomb Group

    Group
    "The heaviest losses sustained by the 391st Bombardment Group in a single operation occurred on 23 December 1944, after an attack on the railroad viaduct at Ahrweiler, Germany (11). Upon completion of the second bomb run, the formation was attacked by...

  • 574th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95878 'Weary Lera'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 344BG, 9AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn, left...

Missions

  • 757

    23 December 1944

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

  • Matching

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1943 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Matching was transferred to the Ninth Air Force and first occupied in January 1944 by the 391st Bomb Group, equipped with B-26s. The station had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Vermilion County, IL, USA 1918

Son of Kelly and Marta Cox.

Lived in Illinois, USA 1941
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 24 April 1941
Based Matching 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 574BS, 391BG, 9AF USAAF.

Based Andrews Field 1944 – 23 December 1944

Transferred to 1st Pathfinder Sqn, 9AF USAAF.

Died Bonn, Germany 23 December 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) bombing mission to Euskirchen railroad bridge in B-26 42-95878 'Weary Lera' shot down by flak while leading 322BG crashed in flames near Bonn, KIA. MACR 14626.

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Lorraine American Cemetery
St Avold
France

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2017 18:48:11 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529889746_wilbur_g%20cox/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/89427089_wilbur_g%20cox/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/638761094_wilbur_g%20cox/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56654047

Date Contributor Update
12 January 2017 15:58:28 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529889746_wilbur_g%20cox/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/89427089_wilbur_g%20cox/details/
https://www.fold3.com/page/638761094_wilbur_g%20cox/details/
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56654047

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 11551 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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