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Arthur Bogle Cox Jr

Military

Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle"/"Bathtub Bessie" as the Engineer/Top Turret Gunner. Aircraft was attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing near Lille. T/Sgt Cox managed to bale out of the aircraft and landed near Douai. He was helped in his evasion of capture by many French citizens and members of the Pat O'Leary and Françoise Dissard evasion lines. His Escape & Evasion Report - E&E 47 - is on-line at https://catalog.archives.gov/id/5554687

Service

People

  • Nicholas Cox

    Military | Colonel | Co-Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Co-Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW). Nicholas Cox ended his military career in the Air Force as a Colonel-USAAF.

  • James DeToris

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" while serving as Ball Turret Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on a mission to bomb the aircraft factories at Lille, France.

  • Stephen Eppolito

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Left Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Oct-42. 'Big Eagle' attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and...

  • Carl Garrett

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, shot down in B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" while serving as Navigator, 9-Oct-42. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Carl Garrott

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Carl Garrott was Navigator on 'Big Eagle'/'Bathtub Bessie' B-24-1-CO 41-23678, attacked by fighters on assigned target Lille I/A, France on 9 October 1942. The Liberator received direct hits to engine no. 4 and the bomb bay area before crashing near...

  • Clayton Kammerer

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 "Big Eagle" as Right Waist Gunner. Killed in Action (KIA) 9 October 1942 on mission to bomb aircraft factories at Lille, France.

  • William Marsh

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down in 9 October 1942 in B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Bombardier. Killed in Action (KIA). Plane attacked by fighters on assigned target Lille I/A, France. With direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area before crashing near Lille...

  • Michael Reardon

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Tail Gunner. Prisoner of War (POW). 'Big Eagle' attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to assigned target Lille I/A, France. Had direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay area...

  • Alexander Simpson

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 93rd Bomb Group
    Shot down on 9 October 1942 in B-24D 41-23678 'Big Eagle, while serving as Pilot. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Arthur Torrey

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 93rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 93BG/330BS, B-24 41-23678 'Big Eagle' while serving as Radio Operator. Killed in Action (KIA) 9-Oct-42. Aircraft attacked by fighters near Dunkirk on the way to the assigned target Lille I/A, France. Direct hits to engine no. 4 and bomb bay...

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Units served with

  • 93rd Bomb Group

    93rd Bomb Group

    Group
    93rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 1-March-1942 at Barksdale Field, Louisiana. On 15-May-1942 the Group moved to Ft. Myers, Florida to continue advanced flight training and also to fly anti-submarine patrols over the Gulf of Mexico; they...

  • 330th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-23678 Big Eagle / Bathtub Bessie

    B-24 Liberator
    This aircraft was assigned to 93BG/330BS. The aircraft had been despatched from Alconbury to participate in the attack on aircraft plants at Lille, France on 9 October 1942. The aircraft was attacked on the way to the target by a German fighter near...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 14

    9 October 1942
    Bombers are dispatched to bomb the steel and engineering works of the Compagnie de Fives at Lille, France and the locomotive and freight car works of Ateliers d'Hellemmes at Lille which are the Primary (P) targets. Other targets are Courtrai Airfield,...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 January 1919

Tennessee

Lived in 1941

Fountain City, Knox County, Tennessee

Enlisted 24 September 1941

as a Private in the Air Corps at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

Baled out 9 October 1942

of B-17 41-23678 over Northern France

Evaded capture 9 October 1942 – 27 June 1943

After landing in a tree near Douai, south of Lille (Nord, France), he was helped in his evasion of capture by many French citizens and members of the Pat O'Leary and Françoise Dissard evasion lines. Hidden in many places in France, he was guided to the South of the country and crossed over the Pyrénées mountains into Spain, which he reached on 28 April 1943. Later taken in charge by the British and American diplomatic corps, he was driven to Gibraltar, arriving there on 26 June. He left Gibraltar by air on the same day, arriving in London on 27 June 1943.

Buried 1991

Arthur Cox Jr rests at the Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee

Died 29 June 1991

Tennessee

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2019 11:35:29 ED-BB Changes to middlename, nickname, biography, events and person associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment Records
US Census 1930
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 47
SSDI Death Index

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 21:11:25 Lee8thbuff Changes to unit associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Re established BG association to correct entry from PURGE.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2014 21:08:30 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography and events
Sources

Lee Cunningham 16-Nov-2014. Added E&E event.

Date Contributor Update
25 October 2014 18:42:55 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, biography, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 25-Oct-2014. National Archives Records Administration (NARA) Escape & Evasion Report # 47 http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-47.pdf

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:04:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p.37

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