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John Owings Cockey Jr


Commanding officer of 787th BS Killed in training mission in B-24 # 42-51331. Collision of 'Glad to See Ya' with the Archibald Williams crew over England


Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 787th Bomb Squadron



  • 576

    26 August 1944

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Enlisted Maryland, USA 1919
Enlisted Baltimore, MD, USA 2 June 1941
Lived in Glyndon, MD, USA 1942

212 Central Avenue

Died Gooderstone, King's Lynn PE33, UK 16 September 1944
Buried Reisterstown, MD, USA 1947

All Saints Episcopal Church Cemetery
Baltimore County
Maryland, USA


Date Contributor Update
19 August 2016 23:26:36 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, events and aircraft associations

'Attlebridge Diaries" - John Woolnough - page 122, 123

Date Contributor Update
09 January 2015 22:16:43 466thHistorian Changes to role and unit associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2014 04:35:16 466thHistorian Changes to role, events and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:30 AAM AAM ingest

Combat Chronology Supplement, Attlebridge Arsenal p 265, p 202 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia