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Edward L Cobb


Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. On 30-Jul-43, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 #42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to Navigator Ed Cobb. Shot down 30-Dec-43 in B-17 #42-39795 'Woman's Home Companion'. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 1674

Awards: POW, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.



  • Robert Cogswell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations. ...

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb 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...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29738 'The Upstairs Maid'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky 28/3/43; Kearney 25/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-U] Podington 1/6/43; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 13/7/43;...

  • 42-29754 'Mason's Morons' 'Shangri-La Lil'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43. ...

  • 42-39795 "Woman's Home Companion"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 2/9/43; Assigned 359BS/303BG [PU-E] Molesworth 18/10/43; 7m Missing in Action Ludwigshafen 30/12/43 with Bill Osborn, Co-pilot: Jack Jernigan, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Radio Operator: George Daniel, Waist gunner: Earl Wolfe, Waist...

  • 42-5434 "BOB’S BOUDOIR", Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

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...

  • Stalag Luft III

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 17 January 1921

Son of Albert Willis and Emily Margaret [Stegemeyer] Cobb.

Enlisted Fort Thomas, Newport, KY 27 March 1942

Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky

Based Molesworth 1943 – 30 December 1943

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 30 December 1943 – May 1945

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Died 14 May 1962


Date Contributor Update
17 March 2020 00:49:28 jmoore43 Changes to biography and events

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.
Added POW camp info to the POW event from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 22:28:34 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2020 21:55:05 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C #42-5434 and the navigator, "Ed Cobb", mentioned in the A/C description.

Date Contributor Update
31 January 2018 22:02:09 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, unit associations and aircraft associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:32 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1674 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Roll of Honor, MACR 1674, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 208, 291 Lady Luck