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George W Cowgill



Units served with


  • 43-9203

    A-20 Havoc
    Written off in landing accident at Wethersfield, Essex on 21 April 1944. Pilot George W. Cowgill.

  • 43-9225

    A-20 Havoc

Associated Place

  • Greencastle

    Military site : airfield
    Planned as an RAF bomber OTU, Greencastle was built during 1941-42 and had three concrete runways, 30 pan type hardstandings and four T2 hangars. 50 more 'finger’ or 'Y’ type hardstandings were added in 1943. Allocated to the USAAF in 1942 as a bomber...

  • Wethersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Planned in 1942 as an Eighth Air Force bomber base, Wethersfield was then supposed to be loaned to the RAF in 1943, but was re-allocated to the Ninth Air Force by the time it was complete. Built during 1943-44, it had three concrete runways, 49 loop...


Event Location Date
Born Shawnee, Kansas 22 February 1916
Enlisted San Francisco, CA 16 March 1942
First 416th BG Combat Mission Vacquerie, France 18 March 1944
Crash Landed Wethersfield Airfield, UK 21 April 1944

George Cowgill diary entry: "Got hit twice over target. Guess I'll live though. Alerted for tomorrow. Morton missing. Think he is in the 'ditch' at 11:30 P.M. Washed out my final ship tonite. Rust and I are lucky to be alive. Rest of the time is borrowed."

Narrative: Upon investigating the accident it was found that the nose wheel was completely missing and considerable brush was around the main landing gear struts. The cockpit was normal, however, the flaps were only 1/4 down. After searching at the down wind end of the landing runway it was found that the pilot had landed in a field approximately 100 yards short of the runway. The aircraft rolled along on the two main wheels for approximately 20 yards and on all three wheels for another 30 yards at which point it went through a hedge on the side of a ditch. The ditch and shrubbery jerked the nose wheel and strut out of the aircraft and at the same time the aircraft ballooned. The nose wheel and strut were found approximately 30 yeards from the runway and to the right of it. The aircraft next touched down on the runway.

Final 416th BG Mission Bonnieres, France 30 April 1944

Transferred to the 4th Gunnery and Tow Target Flight

Died Rosamond, CA 26 November 1996
Buried Oakland, CA 29 November 1996

Mountain View Cemetery
Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
P14B G-188-9


Date Contributor Update
11 March 2021 23:02:12 466thHistorian Changes to unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
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08 March 2021 02:17:12 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations