Robert Whitney Cogswell

Military

Object Number - UPL 31588 - Lt Cogwell and crew of the 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group based in England, pose in front Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" 'Shangrila Lil'. 16...

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.

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (4OLC), PH, WWII Victory, EAME, Korean and UN Service Medal, National Defense and Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Post war: Remained in USAF seving in Korean War, rising to Major, was lost in B-29A 44-61940, set upon by Migs and with a damaged engine headed out into and crashed in the Yellow Sea posted MIA 23-Oct-51, presumed dead on 28-Feb-54 Killed in Action (KIA).

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 37203875
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Engineer
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 15066640 / O-673478
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Navigator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 14063077
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Ball Turret Gunner
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 16080041
  • Highest Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Radio Operator
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: 34124134
  • Highest Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Role/Job: Waist Gunner

Aircraft

Two airmen of the 303rd Bomb Group admire the nose art of a B-17 Flying Fortress nicknamed "Iza Vailable". Printed caption removed from reverse. On reverse: Keystone Press Agency, 'Sacred' and U.S. Official Photograph O.W.I. [Stamps].
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Iza vailable
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The Upstairs Maid
  • Unit: 100th Bomb Group 303rd Bomb Group 350th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Mason's Morons, Shangri-La Lil
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 95th Bomb Group 334th Bomb Squadron 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: BOB’S BOUDOIR, Lady Luck
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: The devil himself, red ass
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Died

Yellow Sea 1951-10-23 KIA in a B-29 crash in the Yellow Sea.

Other

Ditched

22 miles off Felixstowe, UK 1943-07-30 Ditched into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe 30-Jul-43 rescued ASR 10 x RTD. B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'

Other

Baled out WIA

New Alresford, Alresford SO24, UK 1943-09-26 Mission abort, full bomb load propellor run away on #4, engine afire, ordered crew bale out, stayed with A/C to ensure it missed Alresford. Late Bale out caused torn back ligaments. WIA 26-Sep-43 B-17 42-5434 'Lady Luck'

Other

Emergency landing

RAF Manston, Ramsgate CT12 5BB, UK 1943-08-27 Battle damaged - emergency belly landing at Manston, Kent 27-Aug-43 10 RTD. B-17F 42-2973 'Iza Vailable'

Born

Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1918-08-17

Enlisted

Pittsburgh, PA, USA 1941-02-03

Buried

Korean War Veterans Memorial, 130 Riverside Dr, Dayton, OH 45405, USA Body never recovered Listed on Korean War Memorial Dayton, OH

Based

Molesworth 1943-09-26 Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Flying duties.

Other

Hospitalised

Winchester, UK 1943-09-26 Hospitalised in body cast, back ligament damage.

Based

Molesworth Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations.

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