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JOHN P. "FLIP" COWGER

Port (Left) Side - Before Name was Applied

Contributor - Jody Archille Thibodeau

Photograph taken 26 Jun 44 of the Gengler Crew, which completed 20 missions before colliding mid-air with Wayne J. Cowgill's crew on their 21st mission on 21 Jul 44.  All crew perished in collision less Co-Pilot "Flip" Cowger (Standing Middle), who credits his survival to his not wearing a flying belt, which allowed him to be literally blown out of the plane.

Standing (L-R)
2d Lt. Matthew J. House - Bombardier
1st Lt. Frank T. Gengler - Pilot
2d Lt. John P. "Flip" Cowger - Co-Pilot
2d Lt. John F. McKenzie - Navigator 
T/Sgt. James F. McKee - Eng/Top Turret Gunner
Kneeling (L-R)
S/Sgt. James N. Green - Waist Gunner
T/Sgt. Fred A. Doninger - Radio Operator
S/Sgt. Thomas F. Murray III - Waist Gunner
S/Sgt. Vernon C. Deleon - Nose Turret 
S/Sgt. Albert J. Whitus - Tail Gunner

Info Contributor - Tom Brittan

RCL changed from (D+) to (P-) on 9/10 Jul 44. Force landed at A-69 (Laon/Athies, France) on its 101st mission on 24 Dec 44 after losing an engine. Returned to Old Buckenham at the end of Mar 45 and flew three more missions in Apr 45. After 10 Apr 45 the aircraft was transferred to 8 93 409 (YM K). RZI 29 May 45

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