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Eddie Deerfield


Credited with 30 missions. First on 10-Jul-43 to Poux, France. Last on 11-May-44 to Saarbrucken, Germany. Flew most often with Captain Robert Cogswell at controls of B-17 Flying Fortress 'Iza Vailable'.

On 30-Jul-43, crashed into North Sea 22 miles off Felixstowe, England on return from raid on Kassel, Germany in B-17 42-29738 'Upstairs Maid'. Picked up by British Air Sea Rescue and returned to base. All survived, with serious injury only to Navigator Ed Cobb.
Radio operator was also medic on our crew, so I administered first aid and morphine injection to Cobb while floating in dinghies.

17-Aug-43, flew the mission to Schweinfurt, Germany, in which 8AF units suffered the greatest losses of the war to that point.

27-Aug-43, crew bailed out of burning B-17 'Lady Luck' over south coast of England on return from scrubbed mission to Nantes, France. Only serious injury was to Pilot Cogswell. The jump ended his World War II combat career. He was killed on a B-29 during the Korean War. I landed hard in a plowed field, and was momentarily stunned. When I came to, the farmer was standing over me with a pitchfork pressed to my chest. He had seen the chutes coming out and thought we were Nazi paratroopers. My accent convinced him I was an American.

11-May-44, wounded by flak burst on B-17 'Temptress' on return from Saarbrucken, Germany.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH, DUC, GC, EAME (2 battle stars), American Campaign, National Defense, WWII Victory.



  • Robert Cogswell

    Military | Major | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Survived a ditching, emergency landing and finally a bale out. Medically grounded after aborting a mission on 26-Sep-43 due to back injuries during the bail-out. Transferred to Squadron/Group Operations. ...

  • Amon Earhart

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. 30 x combat missions. 10-Dec-43 took off from Molesworth on slow timing flight in B-17 42-37757. Landing gear failed upon approach so wheels-up landing made on grass. RTD. Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-107196 Temptress

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 20/3/44; Kearney 31/3/44; Dow Fd 4/4/44; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 22/4/44; Missing in Action Brux 12/9/44 with Art Mehlhoff, Co-pilot: Edgar Nelson, Navigator: Gaylon Williams (wia, & died 10/10/44), Bombardier: Harry...

  • 42-2973 IZA VAILABLE

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Presque Is 27/11/42; Molesworth 13/12/42; Returned to the USA 2/7/44; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Arledge 22/11/44. IZA VAILABLE.

  • 42-29738 'The Upstairs Maid'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Walker 23/2/43; Smoky 28/3/43; Kearney 25/4/43; Wendover 2/5/43; Kearney 21/5/43; Dow Fd 27/5/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG [LN-U] Podington 1/6/43; Thorpe Abbotts 9/6/43; transferred 360BS/303BG [PU-I] Molesworth 13/7/43;...

  • 42-5434 "BOB’S BOUDOIR", Lady Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 8/12/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-J] Molesworth 6/3/43; crash landed Alresford, Hants., UK, 26/9/43 with Bob Cogswell [injured in crash], Co-pilot: Dallas Kendall, Navigator: Ed Cobb, Bombardier: Frank Kulesa, Flight...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Omaha, NB 24 August 1923
Lived in Cook County, IL, USA 1941
Enlisted Chicago, IL, USA 16 July 1942

Chicago, Illinois

Based Molesworth May 1943 – May 1944

Assigned to 360BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF.


Date Contributor Update
11 March 2020 22:56:31 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2020 22:05:42 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 February 2018 12:40:52 Al_Skiff Changes to awards, events and unit associations
Hell's Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II By Jay A. Stout

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / self, Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 208, 291