Albert C. & Clint H. Cox

 

Sergeant Cox Home After 54 Missions

 

            After completing 54 operational missions over occupied Europe , Staff Sergeant Albert C. Cox, Air Corps, U. S. Army, is at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Cox of 302 Lincoln Avenue , Ridgefield Park.

            Sergeant Cox, who has been stationed with the ninth Air Force in England for the past eight months, is the holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and eight Oak Leaf Clusters.

            Sergeant Cox received the Air Medal in England during August, 1943. His Oak Leaf Clusters to the Air Medal were received in August, 1943; September, 1943; November, 1943; December, 1943, two in February, 1944; March, 1944, and on May 14, 1944.

            The homecoming of Sergeant Cox was a double event for the Cox family, for his brother, Clint H. Cox, motor machinist’s mate, second class, U. S. Navy, whom he had not seen for the past 30 months is also home on leave.

            The Cox brothers enlisted the day after Pearl Harbor , were inducted on Dec. 20, 1941. Petty Officer Cox has seen service on a minesweeper off the coast of South America for the past eight months.

            His most memorable flight was made over Pas de Calis. In this operation he flew without a parachute.

            Sergeant Cox and Sergeant B. Ricardo were the only survivors of their crew on his 51st mission, which was also over Pas de Calis. On this flight their plane was badly damaged and the pilot ordered the crew to bail out while he attempted to return the ship to base. They landed in 20 acre woods in the middle of a 1,000 pound bomb crater.

            Sergeant Cox, was cited for extraordinary achievement while serving as an engineer-gunner on a B-26 airplane on 25 bombardment missions over enemy occupied Continental Europe and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on December, 1943. Displaying undaunted courage and commendable skill, Sergeant Cox, fighting from his gun position, warded off many enemy attacks thus aiding in the successful completion of the missions.

“The Bergen Evening Record,” Saturday, June 10, 1944.

 

Submitted by Bushy Hartman
mihartman@homexpressway.net