Cole, Lloyd R., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1091-Pilot, B-17
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, POW Germany
Service Years
1940 - 1943
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
USAAF Station 107 (Molesworth, England)

Casualty Date
Jul 11, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C, Row 1, Grave 10

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United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Aviation Cadet Flight School427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
POW Germany
  1940-1941, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1941-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 427th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1091, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1091, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 1091, POW Germany
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
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  1936-1940, Others/Not Listed
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
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Last Known Activity
Lloyd R. Cole was born in Kentucky on October 18, 1919, the son of Ernest R. and Carolina A. Crandall Cole. The NARA enlistment record for him states he enlisted on November 22, 1940 at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky as an Aviation Cadet. It also records he had completed 4 years of college(unnamed).

The first recorded presence in military records found to date indicate he was assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group as one of the original pilots in the unit. This was on May 1, 1942. The unit trained at various locales, and deployed overseas in October, 1942.

Cole flew a total of 8 credited missions, with 2 abortive sorties. On February 4, 1943, he was selected to fly on a bombing raid on the marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, with a secondary target at Osnabruk, Germany. As he reached Holland, the bomber formation was attacked by approximately 25-35 German fighters.

One attacked the aircraft of Cole, and a hail of cannon and machine gun fire blew out the nose panels and severely damaged the cockpit area. Lt McCune, co-pilot, was killed in his seat, and Captain  Cole was hit in the hip with a 20 mm shell. He aborted the mission and turned to go to England, but a German fighter piloted by Hauptman Dietrich Wickop of 4/JG 1, attacked and shot him down. Cole managed to ditch the aircraft in the Wadden Sea, a small arm of the Zuider Zee. Two gunners were killed by the impact as the aircraft broke into two pieces.

The surviving crew was rescued by a Dutch fishing boat, transferred to a German Marine boat, and subsequently turned over to German authorities. Captain Cole's leg was amputated, but he died of wounds later in a POW camp hospital. He is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belguim, and lies in Plot C, Row 1, Grave 10.
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Captain Lloyd R. Cole was pilot of B-17F #41-24569, nicknamed "Memphis Tot," and assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron.

Mission loading lists as well as MACR 15348 lists the crew as:

Capt Lloyd R. Cole     p
2 Lt Robert W. McCune    c-p
2 Lt Robert P. Driggs    nav
2Lt Edward N. Bryant     bomb
SSgt Bliss D. Purinton     eng/tt gun
TSgt George D. Miller     r/o
SSgt Arch Wittle, Jr.    btg
SSgt James L. Pennington     lwg
Sgt  James R. Van Etten     rwg
SSgt Phillip J. Callery     tail gun

Lt McCune and Sergeants Pennington and Van Etten were the members killed. All others were rescued and made POW.

Captain Cole's leg was amputated by his captors, but he died several months later in a POW camp hospital.

In the crew photo, Captain Cole is in back row, on left

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