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George R Martin

Military

Killed in Action (KIA)

Service

People

  • Henry Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Henry Jr. was a graduate of the 1940 class of Cumberland County High School. Two classmates, and football team members, graduating from CCHS in 1938, Ben H. West Jr. and Cecil G. Buttram were killed in action. AMM 3rd Class Ben H. West Jr. enlisted Dec...

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 562nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30217 'IMPATIENT VIRGIN'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 10/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 560BS/388BG Knettishall 16/6/43 IZA BLUE; detailed Duren 20/10/43 with Bob Simmons, crew ?, (10 Returned to Duty); but recalled due to extreme weather,...

  • 42-30230 Homesick Angel

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Smoky Hill 11/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; following Regensburg shuttle mission suffered battle damaged over Bordeaux on return trip to base 24/8/43, with Lloyd...

  • 42-5906 Sondra Kay

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 30/4/43; Sioux City 7/5/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 562BS/388BG [--E] Knettishall 16/6/43; suffered battle damaged at La Pallice, Fr. 16/9/43 with Henry Cox, Co-pilot: Albt Rubin, Navigator: Bob Leaventhal, Bombardier: Frank...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 97

    16 September 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements: Bomb Groups from 1st Bomb Division and Bomb groups from 3rd Bomb Division. The first element is a combined force of 147 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 303BG (19); 305BG (16); 351BG (19); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and...

Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Illinois, USA 1 March 1923
Lived in Floyd County, IN, USA 1942
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 16 September 1942
388th BG Combat Tour Knettishall, Diss IP22 2TH, UK 17 July 1943 – 16 September 1943

17 combat missions

Died Llanyre, Llandrindod Wells LD1 6NG, UK 16 September 1943

On this date, while returning from a mission to Bordeaux, the Cox Crew, low on fuel and flying in bad weather, crashed at Upper Cilgee Farm in Powys, Wales. All 10 crew were KIA

Buried Farmer City, IL 61842, USA 1948

Maple Grove Cemetery • Farmer City, DeWitt County, Illinois, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
22 December 2017 03:24:39 466thHistorian Changes to service number, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1234249
http://www.388bg.info/servlet/Controller?pageType=photoImage&id=388-P-C-...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42968633/george-r.-martin

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:11 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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