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Cullen Ray Cotton

Military

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Andrew Drobysch

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 4563 Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 548th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31786 Jeanne Ricky

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 14/12/43; Gt Falls 20/12/43; Kearney 1/1/44; Grenier 21/1/44; Assigned 548BS/385BG [GX-L] Gt Ashfield 2/2/44; Missing in Action Berlin 8/5/44 with Andy Drobysh, Co-pilot: Harry Gousha, Navigator: Clem Irons, Bombardier: Bob Hudson,...

Missions

  • 344

    8 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Amite, LA 13 November 1913

Son of William A and Bertha Christelle Cotton*

*Cottun or Cotton, records show both, fathers headstone is Cottun.

Enlisted New Orleans, LA 6 August 1942

New Orleans, Louisiana

Based Great Ashfield 1944 – 8 May 1944

Assigned to 548BS, 385BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW Worphausen, Germany 8 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Berlin in B-17 42-31786 'Gin Ricky' 8-May-44; hit by enemy aircraft KO'd #3 engine, crashed Worphausen, 9 miles NE of Bremen. POW MACR 4563

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 8 May 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 30 October 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 26 October 1976
Buried Pine Ridge Cemetery Liverpool, St. Helena Parish, LA November 1976

Pine Ridge Cemetery
Liverpool,
St Helena Parish, LA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 May 2019 11:56:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29030814
https://www.fold3.com/image/613598463
https://www.fold3.com/record/55764436-cullen-cotton
https://www.fold3.com/record/84835028-cullen-r-cottun
https://www.fold3.com/image/167914637?rec=167914772
https://www.fold3.com/record/624599529-cullen-cotton-1913
http://www.dgcotton.com/home/grpf03202.html
https://aad.archives.gov/aad/display-partial-records.jsp?f=645&mtch=1&q=...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/43254163/cullen-ray-cotton

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4563 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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