|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1920|
Prince George County
|Death: ||Nov. 1, 1946, Italy|
USAAF WORLD WAR II
United States Military Academy Class of 1942
Major Lawrence L. Cobb, Jr. DIS
Biography gleaned from www.westpointaog.org
Lawrence Cobb was born at Camp Lee, Virginia, on 28 April 1920. He received his early education near various Army posts where his parents were stationed. During his senior year at Savannah (Georgia) High School, he was colonel of the cadet regiment.
His opportunities to fulfill his ambition to go to West Point would eventually be threefold: he had congressional appointments from Delaware and South Carolina and another from the Georgia National Guard on competitive examination. When he was notified by The Adjutant General of his acceptance as a cadet, he chose to enter the Academy on appointment by Congressman William Allen, Representative-at-Large from Delaware.
Soon after graduation Lofton reported to Ellington Field, Texas, for pilot training. On 14 December 1942, he received his "wings," joined the Army Air Corps, and was transferred to Del Rio, Texas, for extensive training in the B-26 bomber. Early in 1944 he was assigned to the 9th Air Force, then stationed in England.
While flying a combat mission over France in May 1944, Lofton was seriously wounded and was hospitalized until 26 August 1944. Upon his recovery, however, he was returned to full duty status and flew many bombing missions over Germany before the war ended.
Lofton was flying out of a base at Namur, Belgium, when he met and fell in love with Anne Marie Carlier, daughter of Amury Carlier, then president of the Namur branch of the National Bank of Belgium. They were married on 30 August 1945 in St. Aubain Cathedral in Namur, following a civil ceremony required by Belgian law. Subsequently, Lofton was stationed, first in Berlin and later at Brussels, where he commanded the municipal airport, before joining the European Air Transport Service in Wiesbaden, Germany.
On 1 November 1946, while on a return flight from Naples to Wiesbaden, Loftons plane crashed into Mont Blanc in the French Alps, killing the eight men who were aboard. It was not until 2 August of the following year that a French Alpine Infantry detachment was able to locate the plane and remove the bodies. All eight: two colonels, a lieutenant, four sergeants, and Lofton, were buried in one grave in Arlington. The week following Lofton's death, his daughter and only child, was born.
Note: MAJ AIR CORPS US ARMY
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Sec: 15, Site: 1
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Mar 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49168173