New England Air Museum
James W. Cobb


Last Address:

1294 Cimarron Cir. NE, Palm Bay, FL 32905


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Family Information:

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. James D.; Wife: Rose; Sons: James Jr., Terry, Mike, and Don.


Bradenton, FL

Date Entered Service:

January 13, 1942

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Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Salina, KS (July, 1943)

Missions Flown:

37 in B-29; 168 missions in B-25, B-24 and B-17.

Hump Missions Flown:



China, Korea, Formosa, Japan, Burma and Manchuria


Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters and 1 Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

Service Schools Attended:

Primary, Basic & Advanced Flying School Jan-Dec 1942; B-17 Instructor School Jan-Feb 1943; Air Tactical School Sep-Dec 1947

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1024-Pilot, Four-Engine Aircraft, MOS 6416-Supply Staff Officer

Rank Upon Discharge:

Lt. Colonel

Crew Type:

Flight crew

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Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

June, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:


Post-WWII Military Service:

Continuous Service 1942 to 1966, retired in July, 1966

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Corporate Pilot. Cameraman and Film Manager for Washington Red Skins.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Flew fifteen 18-hour missions in 30-day period with 58th Bomb Wing. Flew 168 anti-sub and bombing missions out of Africa. Flew as instructor pilot in B-17 and B-24 aircraft. Served as Materiel Staff Officer SAC, Air Staff and JCS Staff. Aircraft Commander B-36, B-47, B-52, and KC-135 Bomb Groups and refueling squadrons.


Lt. Col. Cobb passed away July 16th 2007


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