First Lieutenant Henry Oren Cox Jr. was born in Louisville, Tennessee, in 1921. He was the only son of Henry Oren Cox and Amy Young Cox. He had three sisters, Annabelle Cox, Margaret Cox, and Nancy Cox. After a year in college, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on January 22, 1942, in Montgomery, Alabama. He served in the European Theater in the 562nd Bomber Squadron, 388th Bomber Group, Heavy. He was killed in action on Thursday, September 16, 1943 and is buried in Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England (Plot E, Row 6, Grave 70). He was awarded an Air Medal with an Oak Leaf Cluster.
Aircraft B-17F with serialnumber 42-5906 was on a bombing mission to France. While the group was returning from the Bordeaux-La Pallice Mission, the formation had to pass through severe rain squalls just off the Sw Coast of England after dusk. It was at this point that Lt Cox´s ship became separated from the rest of the formation and it was never seen again by any of the ships of the formation. The plane crashed and burned, killing the entire crew, just south of RAF base of Hereforshire, England. Whether the ship was completely out of gas or trying to get below overcast is not known.
Pilot, 1st Lt Henry Oren Cox Jr.
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Albert Ruben
Navigator, 2nd Lt Robert Blonder Leventhal
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Frank Norman Broach Jr.
Radio Operator, T/Sgt Donald Paul Gromis
Engineer-Gunner, T/Sgt Herman Joseph Ball
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt George Roscoe Martin
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Francis H. Curry
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Atto Victor Kloza
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Joshua Manuel Lewis