1Lt. Edward L. "Two-Gun" McCoy, ASN O-790861

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 492nd Bombardment Squadron

B-24 Pilot

Enlisted: 04 December 40 - Ft. McPherson, Atlanta GA

Silver Star

Distinguished Flying Cross    Air Medal

(All Images/Info Courtesy of Jon Olin & Fold3)

Lt. McCoy standing in front of his ship, "We'rewolves"

McCoy Crew - Panagarh, India

Standing, L-R: SSgt. Thomas L. Grady (G), TSgt. Russell F. Doman (E), SSgt. George P. Sibulski (G)
1Lt. Earl A. Rambow (N), TSgt. Roy A. Whistle (RO)

Kneeling, L-R: Lt. John Miller (CP), SSgt. Lester V. Bebout (G)
Capt. McCoy, 1Lt. Robert L. "Mac" McIntosh (B)

McCoy Crew - Gaya, India

Back, L-R: Grady, Doman, unk, Lester V. Bebout, unknown
Front, L-R: McIntosh, Miller, McCoy, Rambow

Capt. McCoy (standing, far left) & Crew - Panagarh, India 1943:

Standing, L-R: Rambow, Doman, Grady

Kneeling, L-R: Whistle, McIntosh, Miller, Sibulski, Bebout

Members of McCoy's original crew (not pictured):

Chester M. Bawol (B), Thomas B. Columbus (N), Paul S. Hite (CP)

Hite was Killed In Action on 26 Mar 43 while acting as co-pilot of B-24 #41-23700 with Jack Porter's crew. Taking off in Number One position for a mission from Alipore Airdrome to Bishnupur, India. The ship failed to clear palm trees at the end of the runway, crashed, and eight of the nine men aboard perished. Only the Flight Engineer survived. McCoy's "We'rewolves" took off over the wreckage and the crew served as pallbearers at the funeral.

The Demise of "We'rewolves" - 20 May 43 Panagarh, India

[From 492nd Bomb Squadron History] THAGETMYO TRUMPED; WE'REWOLF (sic) CRASHES

     "For the third consecutive day, the 492nd took to the air to sow seeds of destruction in the Japanese territory. Although nine ships were scheduled to take off, only seven started on the mission, and only five successfully reached the target. Lts. Bonsteel and Wagner being forced to turn back with feathered engines. The strain of consecutive long flights was apparent on the planes. the bombs covered the length of the town, striking an industrial area, the business district, and the quartered area. It was the third job in a row of very excellent results. The crews of Lt. Winzer, leading the formation, Lt. Maholchic, Lt. Krohn, Lt. Griffith, Lt. Bonsteel, Lt. Wagner, and Lt. Corrigan were on the flight.
     On the take-off, Lt. McCoy's nose-wheel collapsed and the ship crashed on the end of the runway. Fortunately no one was hurt, no explosions occurred, and engine fires were quickly extinguished. Lt. Ashley and Sgt. Andrews rushed to the crashed ship to facilitate crew rescue and to unfuse the bombs. Several bombs were thrown clear of the bomb bays, one fuse was completely sheared off, laving the striker exposed, which a slight blow would set off. The bomb racks, cat walk, and other braces of the bomb bay were torn loose. The left front bomb rack was completely torn loose with the exception of one rivet, the center bomb was torn off of the rack, the nose fuse in the lower bomb was crushed with the striker exposed, the top bomb's rear lug was torn loose from the B-7 shackle and left hanging over the bottom bomb (with striker exposed) by one lug and the rack held by one rivet which was partially torn loose. Each time pressure enough to screw out the fuse was applied, the entire rack and bombs would sway back and forth. All three bombs of the right front bay were torn loose and piled on each other, one crushed nose fuse was removed from these and one crushed fuse removed from the pile of bombs in the rear bays. At the time of the work in the ship most of the bombs were armed. The ship was loaded with nine five hundred pound bombs.
     For their bravery in the face of extreme danger, Lt. [Clower] Ashley and TSgt. Lee Andrews were recommended for the Silver Star.
     The climax of the days activities was the sweep of Tech Supply and the mangled We're Wolf (sic) for spare parts."

Exploits of Lt. McCoy - Burma, 1943:

Silver Star for gallantry in action displayed, as pilot, on B-24 bombing mission to Rangoon of 26 October 1943.

"After successfully bombing the objective the formation was attacked by 20 enemy fighter aircraft while leaving the area. In the ensuing engagement, both of Captain McCoy's wing ships had a motor shot out and were dropping out of formation. Immediately, Captain McCoy let one of the ships back to render assistance to the other damaged plane. During the next fifty minutes more than 50 passes were made at the two lone aircraft but Captain McCoy, already more than 3 miles from the formation, continued to escort the damaged aircraft [B-24J 42-73060 "BOOGIE WOOGIE BOMB BUGGY"] until it was rammed by an enemy and crashed. He then fought his way back to cover of the formation by skillful evasive action and excellent technique. This display of gallantry in action is in keeping with the finest traditions of the Army forces of the United States."

Capt. & Mrs. McCoy, Wedding Day - Dec. 25, 1943

Captain McCoy's Find-A-Grave.com Memorial

492nd BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel