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Herman Cohen

Military

Shot down 14 June 1944 in AC #42-52750. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

People

  • Orville Brewer

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in AC #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Lothrop Caldwell

    Military | Flight Officer | Co-Pilot | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in AC 42-52750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Coleman Duncan

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Bombardier | 493rd Bomb Group
    Prisoner of War (POW) on 14 June 1944. Stalag Luft III, Dulag Luft, Stalag VIIA ETO Ribbon/ POW Medal

  • Charles Dye

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #42-52750, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Wilfred Hansen

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Walter Kuchinos

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer; Gunner, Top Turret Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Donnell Miller

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Francis Nine

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #42-52750, Prisoner of War (POW).

  • William Wilson

    Military | Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 493rd Bomb Group
    Shot down 14 June 1944 in B-24 #4252750. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

  • 493rd Bomb Group

    493rd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 493rd Bomb Group was the last Eighth Air Force Group to become operational, flying their first combat mission from Debach, Suffolk, on D-Day, 6 June 1944. The Group was known as "the Fighting 493rd", named by their Commanding Officer Colonel Elbert...

  • 861st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-52750

    B-24 Liberator
    Shot down by Flak on the 14 June 1944 mission to Laon, France. Crashed near Steene (Nord Department), France. Pilot : Orville H. Brewer Jr; Co-Pilot Lothrop Caldwell; Navigator Wilfred N. Hansen; Bombardier Coleman C. Duncan; Radio Operator/Gunner...

Missions

  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

Associated Place

  • Debach

    Military site : airfield
    Debach was one of the last Eighth Air Force heavy bomber bases to be completed. It was built by the 820th Engineer Battalion (Aviation) between late '43 and early '44. Pronounced locally as 'Deb-idge', the base was built to a class A standard with...

Events

Event Location Date
Born New York, New York State, United States 7 March 1915

the son of Russian-born Gussie Cohen

Enlisted Boston, Massachusetts, United States 9 September 1941
Died 14 June 1944

The Germans reported to the surviving crew members that Sgt Cohen's body was found in the wreckage of the plane, his chute unopened. Apparently, as Cohen was last seen preparing to jump and the last one out after the Bombardier, he was wounded in the ankle by small arms ground fire and did not manage to jump.

Buried Steene, France 17 June 1944

Initially buried in the Church cemetery of Steene, France, near the crash place

Buried Champigneul-Champagne, France 27 May 1946

Exhumed from the Steene Church cemetery and buried at the temporary U.S. Military cemetery in Champigneul, ±45km SE of Reims, France

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 2 May 1949

Sgt Herman Cohen rests at the Epinal Cemetery, Plot A, Row 48, Grave 13

Lived in Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts, United States

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2020 09:58:44 Lucy May Changes to events
Sources

Added Herman Cohen's name to the Roll of Honour in the American Air Museum at IWM Duxford.

https://www.abmc.gov/decedent-search/cohen%3Dherman

Date Contributor Update
27 October 2018 09:45:37 Darren Jelley Changes to role
Sources

493rd BG archives

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2015 20:58:32 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
US 1940 census
IDPF File

Date Contributor Update
25 December 2015 12:26:09 ED-BB Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

MACR 5910
ABMC website

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Helton s Hellcats, A Pictorial History of the 493rd BG, pub 1998, ABMC; MACR 5910, http://493bgdebach.co.uk/roster_list.php / MACR 5910 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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