Norman served as a Staff Sergeant & Gunner on B-24L "Stevenovich II" #44-49710 with the 779th Bombardment Squadron, 464th Bombardment Group, Heavy, 15th Air Force, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Carroll County, Maryland prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on August 13, 1943 in Baltimore, Maryland. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Farm Hand and also as Single, without dependents.
The "Stevenovich II" was flying from Pantanella Air Base on a bombing mission against Lugo Italy to support ground forces of the the British 8th Army. Right after releasing their bombs the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire on the left wing which caught fire and broke apart. The plane turned over and started tumbling. The radar operator was thrown clear and was able to parachute to the ground where he was taken prisoner.
Norman, along with ten other crew members, was "Killed In Action". He was awarded the Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart.
The plane was named Stevenovich II, after the pilot's son.
Service # 33732962
Son of James O Cope and Ada M (Alder) Cope.
Airmen who perished on B-24L #44-49710:
Cope, Norman S ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Maryland
Foote, Charles H ~ Capt, Co-Pilot, Texas
Gilson, James H ~ Lt Col., Pilot, New York
Montegut, Charles F, Jr ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, Louisiana
Morton, Lacey P ~ Capt, Arkansas
O'Leary, Robert J ~ 1st Lt, Navigator, Kentucky
Rogers, Robert C ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, West Virginia
Ruben, Jerrold R ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, Pennsylvania
Thomason, Melvin C ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, Texas
Wall, George R ~ Capt, Bombardier, North Carolina
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )