|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1944, England|
Bombardier 1st/Lt Don N. Di Cosol DFC KIA
Hometown: Kansas City MO
Squadron: 566TH BS 389th Bomb Group USAAF
Service # O-733540
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters
Pilot: Lt Glen Reese KIA
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#: ?
Date Lost: 9-Apr-44
Serial Number: 42-99982
Aircraft Model B-24J-55-CO
Aircraft Letter: H+
Aircraft Name: MIGHT OF THE EIGHTH
Cause: MID AIR COLLISION Weather - Fog 9KIA/2RTD
2nd /Lt. - later - 1st Lt. Di Cosol was Killed in action April 9 1944 while flying B 24 42-99982 "Might of the 8th " piloted by Lt Glen Reese. The accident occurred at 7000 feet on the mission to Tutow Germany. The mid air collision occurred with a plane from another group during division assembly (392BG ). Di Cosol was killed along with 9 other crew members. There were 2 survivors from Reese's plane and 2 survivors from the 392nd plane.
It seems apparent from research that the Vaughan/Reese crew never had a regular bombardier. In a letter written home Dec. 3 1943 Sgt. Dowdy listed his crew mates and named a Lt Witek as Bombardier. Later Captain George Hammond flew 7 missions with the crew and finally Lt. Di cosol flew at least theirs and his final mission if not others.
Lt. Di Cosol was however a veteran Bombardier, as 2nd Lt. Di Cosol participated in the Ploesti Raid "Operation Tidal Wave" and had been awarded the DFC. He was later promoted to 1Lt. He was one of at least three known crew members that were Ploesti veterans, the others being Sgt. Bronislaus Pitak and Capt.George Hammond. Both Pitak and Di Cosol were TDY to the 98th BG for the Ploesti raid in Lt.Opsatas Crew.
It is also likely that Lt. Pohl, Lt. Di Cosol, Sgt. Pitak, were crewed with Reese on his 1st mission as pilot because of their skill and experience.
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Note: Entered the service from Missouri.
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
South Cambridgeshire District
Plot: Buried at: Plot B Row 6 Grave 1
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56289186