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Clyde W Cosper

Military

Reported to group on 11 Sept 1943. Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 7 missions from 08 Oct to 05 Nov 1943. On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen on 13 Nov 1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B-17 42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence in a thunderhead, going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew to bale out. He landed in a field at Longwick. The A/C immediately caught fire, exploded fatally. For his actions, he was awarded the Silver Star. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: SS, AM, PH.

Service

People

  • Allen Ballard

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Wesley Brinkley crew until Brinkley's death in Dec 1943. Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. He completed approx. 20 missions. Shot down 24 April 1944 in B-17 #4231758. Landed in Switzerland. Interned. AM 3OLC,

  • Wesley Brinkley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 5 x missions from 03 Nov to 13 Dec 1943. Shot down 13 December 1943 in B-17 42-39768. Alive when recovered from sea, died from exposure. Killed in Action (KIA). ...

  • Donald Dickson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on Wesley Brinkley crew. Reported to group on 23 Oct 1943. Completed approx. 5 missions from 03 Nov to 13 Dec 1943. ...

  • Stanley Downs

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B17#42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew to...

  • Kenneth Iviemy

    Military | Sergeant | Radio Operator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B-17 #42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew...

  • Denver McGinnis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B17#42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew to...

  • Lloyd Meyer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B17#42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew to...

  • Harold Twing

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On takeoff from base on mission to Bremen 13-Nov-1943, mission was recalled due to weather. B17#42-31038 was hit with severe turbulence going into a spin and losing several thousand feet in altitude. Lt. Cosper recovered control and ordered the crew to...

  • Charles Vondrachek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He completed 25 missions from 01 May 1943 to 04 January 1944. He was 141st EM to complete tour. Reported to the ETO on 15 Apr 1943. He was assigned to Alden Mann crew. ...

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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. ...

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31038

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 10/9/43; Scott 9/10/43; Assigned 367BS/306BG [GY-N] Thurleigh 19/10/43; targeted Bremen 13/11/43, mission was recalled, but ship went into spin while in a thunderhead, with Clyde Cosper (Killed in Action); Co-pilot: Wes Brinkley,...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 130

    13 November 1943
    The port area of Bremen, Germany is the focus of this mission composed of three elements. The first element is a combined force of 154 B0-17 of 1st Bomb Division including 94BG (16); 385BG (17); 95BG (21); 100BG (18); 390BG (21); 96BG (40); and 388BG ...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Texas 1 May 1922

Jacob Thomas and Miriam [Moss] Cosper.

Enlisted Dallas, TX 16 October 1939
Pilot training Curtis Field, Brady, TX 1943

Primary Flight training - Class 43A Curtis Field, Brady, TX

Pilot training Blackland AAF, Waco, TX 16 February 1943

Graduated Pilot Class 43B; Awarded wings as F/O; Blackland AAF, Waco 16-Feb-43.

Based Thurleigh 11 September 1943 – 13 November 1943

Assigned to 367BS, 306BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Longwick, UK 13 November 1943

Force landing of B-17 42-31038; Killed in subsequent fire / explosion. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 14 November 1943

Interred
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Memorialised Princes Risborough, UK 1947

Princes Risborough Town Centre

Buried Dodd City Cemetery, TX 1948

Re-Interred
Dodd City Cemetery
Dodd City, TX

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 January 2019 23:33:03 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/319362622?terms=Clyde%20W%20Cosper
https://www.fold3.com/image/310952965?terms=Clyde%20W%20Cosper
https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/46400
https://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=933&MemI...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14910479/clyde-w-cosper

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology Supplement p. 205, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 371, First Over Germany pg. 177, 306th BGA Collection, Russell Strong Index Cards, National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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