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Norman Starnes Cope

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Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13711.

Awards: AM (3OLC), PH.

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  • James Gilson

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 464th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13711. ...

Units served with

  • 15th Air Force

    15th Air Force


    The Fifteenth Air Force was one of two Strategic Air forces in Europe, along with the Eighth Air Force. ...

  • 464th Bomb Group

    464th Bomb Group

    Group
    A Consolidated History of the 464th Bomb Group ...

  • 778th Bomb Squadron

    778th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomber squadron in mid-1943, trained under Second Air Force. Deployed to Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), October 1943, becoming a Fifteenth Air Force heavy bomb squadron, attacking enemy targets both in...

Aircraft

  • 44-49710 "Stevonovitch II"

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF. Suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines, pilot Col James Gilson, C/O of the 779th BS and nine other crew members were KIA [killed in action], one waist gunner was thrown...

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Born Nashville, TN 24 June 1924

Son of James Oral and Mary Ada [Alder] Cope.

Entered service from Maryland

Enlisted Baltimore, MD 23 August 1943

Baltimore, Maryland

Based Pantanella 1944 – 10 April 1945

Assigned to 778BS, 464BG, 15AF USAAF.

Died Lugo, Italy 10 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) Lugo, Italy in B-24 44-49710; A/C suffered direct flak hit on a 'milk run'. Starboard wing collapsing between engines; crashed Lugo, Italy 10-Apr-45, KIA MACR 13711.

Buried Florence American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Italy

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