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Harry L Cotter Jr

Military

29 missions 1943 - 1944. Most memorable mission: 6 March 1944 -- 1st successful daylight raid on Berlin. I flew off left wing of Group. Leads Captain Brown and Major George flew off his right wing until Brown was shot down by fighter after bombs away en route back to England -- near Dummer Isle I believe. Losses were heavy.

AM w/ 4 Oak Leaf Cluster/ DFC w/ Oak Leaf Cluster

Service

Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 563rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30340 Dry Run, Screamin' Red Ass

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 18/5/43; Grand Isle 4/6/43; Dow Field 25/6/43; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 26/6/43; Missing in Action Berlin 8/3/44 with Alan Amman, Co-pilot: Don Wollard, Navigator: Bill Pierson, Navigator: Ralph Diederich, Flight engineer/top...

  • 42-37773 Full House

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 23/8/43; Assigned 410BS/94BG Rougham 10/10/43; transferred 563BS/388BG Knettishall 11/10/43; Missing in Action Munster 22/12/43 with Webster Bull, Co-pilot: Leavitt Hobbs (body recovered 11//2/44), Navigator: Albt Bendix, Bombardier:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Springfield, Ohio 5 March 1921

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
10 March 2020 02:18:07 Troy Burnett Changes to awards
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/186213798

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:25 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

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

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