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416th Bombardment Group (L)
1Lt. George W. Cowgill
Pilot, 668th and 671st B.S.
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Lt. George William Cowgill was assigned to the 668th Bomb Squadron when the 416th Bomb Group was initially formed
in February, 1943 but was transferred to the 671st Bomb Squadron prior to the Group moving overseas. He flew 10
combat missions with Gunners S/Sgt Hollis A. Foster and Sgt Egon W. Rust between March 18 and April 30, 1944
with the 671st BS. On his 10th and final mission, he was hit over the target area by two 88mm shells that passed
through the A/C but failed to explode; One hit the cockpit and one through the left wing.
In May, 1944, Lt. Cowgill was transferred to the Forth Gunnery and Tow Target Flight (SP), AAF Station 237.
His diary (see link below) has intermittent entries between January 1, 1944 and October 13, 1945.
George Cowgill was born 22 Feb 1916 in Shawnee, Kansas, Married Elnor Beth Chipchase Apr 1936 at Reno, Washoe, NV,
Died 26 Nov 1996, Kern County, California and is Buried in plot 14B, Mountain View Cemetery Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, CA.