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Earl Wade Cochran


1st Lt. Earl Wade Cochran; Preflight Pilot tng, San Antonio,TX; Primary & Basic Pilot Tng, Curtis Field, TX; Adv. Pilot Tng, Frederick Field, OK; Piloted B-24 aircraft and commanded crew in aerial offensive maintenance of B-24 aircraft, also radio navigation, radio aids, meteorology, instrument flying, local flying rules, and CAA rules and regulations. Completed combat missions in European Theater of Operations with 8th Air Force. Has 251 combat hours, total flight time 817 hours. Air Medal GO 187 Hq 2 AD 16Apr45 w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters to AM; European African Middle Eastern Service Medal European Theater Ribbon w/4 Bronze Stars


Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

  • Frederick Army Airfield

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Indianapolis, Indiana, USA 24 August 1922

Earl Wade Cochran was born

Enlisted Patterson Field, Ohio, USA 15 October 1942

Called to AD 1-29-1943

Based Bungay 1 August 1944 – 28 April 1945

Member of the 446th Bomb Group, 251 combat hours

Buried National Cemetery of the Alleghenies 6 July 2006

Laid to rest in the
National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Section 2 Site 675


Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 05:01:07 Smash591 Changes to biography

Same source material from Earl's second daughter, Mary.

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 04:48:10 Smash591 Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and place associations

My aunt, Earl's second daughter sent me copies of Earl's Enlistment Record of, Army Separation Qualification Record, Military Record and Report of Separation Certificate of Service as well as various awards, certificates, photos and a personal note.

Date Contributor Update
20 April 2020 04:29:42 Smash591 Changes to media associations

Picture received from my aunt, Earl's 2nd daughter, Mary.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:01 AAM AAM ingest

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