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Robert Charles Cozens

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People

  • Roy Ballard

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Nicholas Biltcliffe

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Flight Engineer | 95th Bomb Group

  • Willard Brown

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 13 June 1943 in B-17 #4230164. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • John Burkot

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Tail Gunner | 95th Bomb Group

  • Robert Decker

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Radio Operator/Receiving & Shipping Clerk | 384th Bomb Group
    Decker does not appear to have flown any combat missions with the 95th BG. It is unclear whether he flew any combat with the 384th BG before being reassigned to non-flying duties. It appears that he served in the New York National Guard for several...

  • Earl DeWolf

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 10 October 1943 in B-17 #4230817 'Miss Flower III. ' Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Robert Nicholson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (Technician Third Grade) | Left Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Shot down 29 November 1943 in B-17 #426039. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • James Reed

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot/Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    Cannot find an explanation for the four month break between his 6th mission (as a co-pilot) 14 July 1943 and his 7th mission, 13 November 1943 (as pilot of his own crew).

  • Rodney Snow

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group

  • John Storie

    Military | Pilot | 95th Bomb Group
    WIA. 19 May 1943. B-17F #42-29694 'Southern Belle'

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Units served with

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 334th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29706 Passion Flower

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Morrison 14/4/43; Dow Fd 21/4/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-W] Alconbury 25/4/43; 3m, Written off after another aircraft 42-29685 exploded nearby on base 27/5/43, Salvaged. PASSION FLOWER.

  • 42-29791 Little Jimmie, Memphis Blues

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-Q] Alconbury 19/4/43 LITTLE JIMMIE; ...

  • 42-29807 'Lady Liberty'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 21/2/43; Gore 7/3/43; New Castle 6/4/43; Dow Fd 12/4/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Alconbury 15/4/43 PATSY ANN; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 5m, transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-O] Chelveston 17/6/43; Missing in Action Gilze...

  • 42-30178 "Darlin' Dolly"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 24/4/43; Smoky Hill 5/5/43; Presque Is 24/5/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-S] Framlingham 29/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; with J.E. Koehler force landed Hardwick AF 20/10/43; 45m, transferred 388BG APH Knettishall 4/44; 803BS RCM Oulton 16/5...

  • 42-30226 'Spook V'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/4/43; Gore 14/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Tinker 1/6/43; Dow Fd 6/6/43; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-L] Horham 15/6/43; 36m, Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Jim Higgins, Navigator: Don Gallagher, Bombardier: Vern Archibald, Flight...

  • 42-30238

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Sioux City 13/5/43; Casper 12/6/43; Smoky Hill 13/6/43; Dow Fd 15/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 24/6/43 CLASSY CHASSY; Missing in Action Kassel 30/7/43 with Frank Kelly, Co-pilot: Ken Alexander, Navigator: Carl...

  • 42-30244 'Holy Terror'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/5/43; Smoky Hill 14/5/43; Tinker 24/5/43; Smoky Hill 29/5/43; Dow Fd 31/5/43; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 9/6/43; transferred 388BG Knettishall 17/6/43; 334BS/95BG [BG-M] Horham 18/6/43; with J.M. Adams force landed Bassingbourn AFB...

  • 42-30273 'PATSY ANN III'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 7/5/43; Gore 8/5/43; Cheyenne 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 25/5/43; Kearney 27/5/43; Dow Fd 2/6/43; Assigned 303BG Molesworth 16/6/43; transferred 334BS/95BG [BG-F] Horham 17/6/43; with R.C. Cozens force landed RAF St Eval 28/6/43; Missing in...

  • 42-30342 "T'aint A Bird II"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 19/5/43; Gore 20/5/43; Smoky Hill 30/5/43; Wright 30/6/43; Smoky Hill 20/7/43; Kearney 22/7/43; Dow Fd 25/7/43; Assigned 334BS/95BG [BG-B] Horham 28/7/43; 54m, transferred APH with Azon for Aphrodite missions, Knettishall; Aphrodite...

  • 42-30609 Pistol Packin' Mama

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gr Isle 15/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Rome 7/8/43; Presque Is 16/8/43; Assigned 335BS/95BG [OE-N] Horham 20/8/43; with L.G. Reno force landed RAF Hardwick, TG-Wilson wia 10/10/43. Flew 28 missions. Missing in Action Brunswick...

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Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 55

    13 May 1943
    The large fighter sweeps of the last several weeks have not been successful in drawing any significant numbers of German fighters in opposition. So, if the German will not send his fighters up for a one-on-one confrontation with the American P-47s,...

  • VIII Bomber Command 56

    14 May 1943
    Today's operations will be the most extensive yet mounted by VIII Bomber Command. The operations call for a "maximum effort". Whereas in the past a single target or those close together have been chosen, today's effort is against widley separated...

  • VIII Bomber Command 57

    15 May 1943
    The missions of VIII Bomber Command are becoming more sophisticated. The primary stratgic target for today is the U-Boat pens, marshalling yards and Luftwaffe airfield at Emden, Germany. The resistance of Luftwaffe fighters is a primary concern for the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 60

    21 May 1943
    The German naval and port facilities at Wilhelmshaven and Emden, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. Once again, there is a two-fold strategic objective: entice the Luftwaffe to commit its fighter forces; and further degrade the naval...

  • VIII Bomber Command 67

    25 June 1943
    This mission was intended to be the first major attack on the industrial area of Hamburg, Germany but weather and contrails made fromation flying too difficult and dangerous. As a result, the main formation 197 B-17s from: 91BG (18); 92BG (23); 303BG ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 69

    28 June 1943
    The primary specific target for this mission are the lock gates at St. Nazaire, France to be attacked by two separate formations and also another force is despatched to bomb the German airfield at Beaumon Le Roger, France. A formation of 120 B-17s of...

  • VIII Bomber Command 70

    29 June 1943
    1st Bomb Wing despatches two formations: one has the air depot at Villacoublay, France as their primary; and one has the Luftwaffe airfield at Tricqueville, France as their primary. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 71

    4 July 1943
    The aircraft factories at Le Mans and Nantes, France and the lock gates and harbour facilities at La Pallice, France are the primary targets for this mission. The mission is comprised of three elements: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 72

    10 July 1943
    German airfields at Caen, Abbeville, and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. 112 B-17s form a combined force from 91BG; 92BG; 305BG; 306BG; 351BG and 381BG to bomb the German airfield (Carpiquet) at Caen, France. Cloud...

  • VIII Bomber Command 73

    14 July 1943
    The German air depot at Villacoublay, France and the German airfields Amiens/Glisy and Le Bourget at Paris, France are the primary targets for this mission. These attacks are made by three separate elements: 116 B-17s are despatched from 92BG (15);...

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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...

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....

Events

Event Location Date
Born San Diego, CA 21 January 1919
Lived in Encinitas, CA October 1941
Enlisted San Diego, CA 2 January 1942

Fort Rosecrans

95th BG Combat Tour RAF Alconbury 13 May 1943 – 22 December 1943
Died San Diego, CA 2 April 2012

ROBERT CHARLES "BOB" COZENS
January 21, 1919 to April 2, 2012

Bob was the second child of five children (Tom, Bob, Dick, Edward (Ted) and Ann) reared by Bert and Grace Cozens. Nicknamed the "Encinitas Express", Bob was a star halfback at San Diego State where he met the love of his life song leader Patricia Anne Hamrick. This July 26th would have been their 70th wedding anniversary. When asked near the end of his life what he was most proud of, his answer was that "he had the opportunity to serve his family, his community, his county, his state, and his country. "

Serving his country during WWII Bob flew 25 missions earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with three clusters. After the war, Bob joined the family excavating and grading business of BG Cozens and Sons working alongside his father Bert and brother Ted. In 1960, Bob was elected Supervisor for the vast 5th District of San Diego County. His campaign promise was to "bring government closer to the people." Bob made good on his campaign promise by working tirelessly to get a branch office in Vista. In 1970 Bob had the opportunity to serve California as Ronald Reagan's director of the Department of Motor Vehicles. His stewardship resulted in the shift in vehicle registration from December to year round. From Sacramento, Bob and Pat returned to San Diego County and what would be there home for the next 37 years in Whispering Palms in Rancho Santa Fe. Two years later, Bob was asked to be the Executive Director of the newly formed Construction Industry Federation. During his fourteen years as Executive Director, he was instrumental in establishing an outstanding governmental relations program where the industry worked hand in hand with local governmental agencies in the resolution of common problems.

Bob is survived by his beautiful wife, Patsy Anne, his sister Ann Largent, sister-in-law Helen Hamrick, children Rob, Lee, and Tom, their respective spouses Susan Stewart Cozens, Mike Mote, and Peggy Prettyman Cozens, a nephew, three nieces, six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Buried San Diego, CA 4 June 2012

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA Plot
CC20B ROW 3 SITE 8

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2020 22:34:53 466thHistorian Changes to events
Sources

https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/1387

Date Contributor Update
21 July 2020 22:31:32 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, role, awards, events, person associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=5247&h=723166&t...
https://95thbg.mmsw.eu/person/1387
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=8939&h=4256123&...
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=18151080...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/89877684/robert-charles-cozens

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:23:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://95thbg.org/95th_db_pages/left_formation_code/gethonoroll.php

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