Cochran, Thomas Tidwell

Individual Personnel Data
Name Cochran, Thomas Tidwell   
Rank Staff Sergeant
Serial Number 34307294   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 544th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #146 dated 17 November 1943
Duty Flexible Gunner
MOS612 - Airplane Armorer / Gunner
Last Duty Date 8 May 1944
Results Killed In Action
Final Resting Place or Memorial: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France: Plot F Row 20 Grave 26
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 4561 (4.362 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Foster, James EPilotKIA
2nd Lt. Duffy, John HCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Vernon, Sheldon IraNavigatorCT
2nd Lt. Ferazzi, Gabriel ErnestBombardierCT
S/SGT. Corbett, Thomas WalterRadio Operator / GunnerKIA
S/SGT. Birch, Frank AustinEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Overcash, Jimmy Lee, JrBall Turret GunnerKIA
SGT. Matthijetz, Carl WalterTail GunnerCT
SGT. Corfield, Robert MiltonFlexible GunnerCT
S/SGT. Cochran, Thomas TidwellFlexible GunnerKIA

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 27 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
42 13 December 1943 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Bremen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31274 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
50 5 January 1944 Target: Port Area
Type: Transportation
Location: Kiel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39784 Combat Mission Credit
Bomb load included 'Nickles' (propaganda leaflets) in addition to six 500-pound bombs.
Sortie Report
53 14 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Le Meillard, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑37848 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
54 21 January 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Preuseville, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
41A Group.
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55 29 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plants
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Lead group
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56 30 January 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
61 8 February 1944 Target: Piston Ring Factory
Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
64 21 February 1944 Target: Fighter Field & Aircraft Storage Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Werl, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Released 25 parcels of G-27 'nickles' (propaganda leaflets) and six 500-pound general-purpose bombs on the target.
Sortie Report
69 2 March 1944 Target: Alfred Teves Main Works: Aircraft Parts Plant and Machine Shop
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
70 3 March 1944 Target: Roller-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Aborted mission after taking off.
Turned back because of severe vibration in #3 engine.
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71 4 March 1944 Type: Military
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31495 Aborted mission after taking off.
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑39888. Turned back at 1018 hrs because #2 & #3 engines were running rough, were smoking and detonating; tach and manifold pressure oscillated.
Sortie Report
72 6 March 1944 Target: Erkner Ball-Bearing Factory
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron deputy, high composite group, 41st Composite Combat Wing.
Sortie Report
74 9 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
75 16 March 1944 Target: Aircraft Assembly & Repair Works
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Flying spare aircraft: returned to base after taking off.
Sortie Report
78 20 March 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
79 22 March 1944 Target: Heinkel Aircraft Assembly Plant at Annahof Airfield
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Dropped 25 parcels of G-31 'Nickles' (propaganda leaflets), in addition to bombs.
Sortie Report
80 23 March 1944 Target: Airdrome and Airpark
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Gütersloh, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined the lead group.
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81 24 March 1944 Target: Ball-Bearing Plant
Type: Bearings Industry
Location: Schweinfurt, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
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83 27 March 1944 Target: Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Tours & Chartres, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Aborted mission after taking off.
94 Group. Turned back over Kettering at 1210 hrs because #3 prop ran away.
Sortie Report
85 29 March 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Brunswick / Braunschweig, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3440 Combat Mission Credit
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86 9 April 1944 Target: FW-190 Fighter Aircraft Assembly Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Marienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
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87 10 April 1944 Target: Evere Airfield (50°54'3"N 4°20'9"E)
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Brussels / Bruxelles, Belgium
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
90 18 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Parts Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oranienburg, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Flying spare; joined formation.
Sortie Report
91 19 April 1944 Target: Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Kassel, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron deputy. Landed to correct loose gas cap problem, then took off and joined formation.
Sortie Report
92 20 April 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31435 Combat Mission Credit
B Wing, High Group.
Sortie Report
93 22 April 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Hamm, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑39888 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
94 24 April 1944 Target: Dornier-Werke GMBH Aircraft Plant
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑3441 Combat Mission Credit
Ground Spare Aircraft; replaced 42‑39888. Sustained 20mm cannon damage.
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95 25 April 1944 Target: Metz-Frescaty Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Metz, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97521 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
97 27 April 1944 Target: Toul/Croix de Metz Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Nancy, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Low Squadron lead.
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99 1 May 1944 Target: Launch Site in Foret Nationale de Tournehem
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Foret Nationale de Tournehem, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97404 Combat Mission Credit
High Squadron Lead.
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100 4 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
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101 7 May 1944 Target: Friedrichstrasse Railroad Station
Type: Transportation
Location: Berlin, Germany
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑102459 Combat Mission Credit
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103 8 May 1944 Target: V-Weapon Service Bunker (under construction)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Sottevast, France
Waist (Flexible) Gunner 42‑31495 Combat Mission Credit
Hit by continuously tracking flak about one minute before bombs away; aircraft hit by burst between tail and waist doors and went into very steep uncontrollable dive; was seen to hit the ground still burning; tail gunner seemed to be blown out with no chutes observed; crashed near Le Foyer, France. MACR 4561
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