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William A Cox


Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred 1SF, 364FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


Units served with

  • 355th Fighter Group

    355th Fighter Group

    Where the 353rd Fighter Group had pioneered ground strafing techniques, it was the 355th Fighter Group who destroyed more enemy aircraft by ground strafing than any other Eighth Air Force Group. Based at Steeple Morden from July 1943 to July 1945, the...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 357th Fighter Squadron
  • 385th Fighter Squadron
  • Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX)

    Formed by Col. Peaslee following presentation of his theory to Gen. Doolittle. The purpose of the Scouting Force concept was for experienced, tour expired lead bomber pilots, escorted by volunteer fighter pilots, to fly ahead of bomber formations to...


  • 44-13699 'G.I.Jive'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF. Transferred to Scouting Force (Experimental) (SFX). Transferred to 1st Scouting Force.

Associated Place

  • Honington

    Military site : airfield
    Honington was in use by Eighth Air Force units for a longer period than any other air base in England. The air base, built in the mid 1930s as part of the RAF's expansion programme had seen plenty of action as an RAF base before it was handed over to...

  • Steeple Morden

    Military site : airfield
    Originally used from 1940 as a small, grass airfield, satellite for nearby RAF Bassingbourn, Steeple Morden was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in August 1942 as a potential bomber base. It was used briefly by the 3rd Photographic Group during the...


Event Location Date
Lived in Independence, MO, USA 1941
Based Steeple Morden 19 April 1944 – 18 September 1944

Assigned to 357FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Steeple Morden, Royston SG8, UK June 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Honington 18 September 1944 – November 1944

Transferred 1SF, 364FG, 8AF USAAF.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) Honington, Bury Saint Edmunds IP31 1QZ, UK November 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
31 July 2018 17:37:26 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

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Date Contributor Update
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