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William E Cox

Military

Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 1st Scouting Force. Failed to Return (FTR) in P-51D serial 44-13754 when he started having engine trouble west of Kiel. Decided to nurse his stricken ship to Sweden, he disappeared into the undercast near Flensburg estuary, crashed near Flensburg. Declared Missing in Action (MIA) actually Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13944

Awards: DFC, AM (6OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    Group
    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...

  • 1st Scouting Force
  • 857th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

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...

  • North Pickenham

    Military site : airfield
    Built comparatively late during 1943-44 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, North Pickenham was rather cramped as an airfield site so the main runway was shorter than typical. It had three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Washington, DC, USA
Based North Pickenham 1944 – November 1944

Assigned to 857BS, 492BG, 8AF USAAF.

Based Honington November 1944 – March 1945

Transferred to 1st Scouting Force.

Killed in action Flensburg, Germany 3 April 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Kiel engine trouble caused divert to Sweden crashed near Flensburg. KIA MACR 13944

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
31 July 2018 19:02:13 Al_Skiff Changes to events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288834/william-e-cox

Date Contributor Update
08 February 2018 22:44:36 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29435872
https://www.fold3.com/record/529899344-william-e-cox
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288834/william-e-cox

Date Contributor Update
23 March 2016 10:46:18 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Combined into single record using sources from duplicate record:
Combat Chronology / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13944

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