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USAV Col. Richard E. Cobb (FS-205)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Aircraft Repair Ship
  • Laid 1944 as Freight Supply Vessel (FS-205), at Higgins Industries, New Orleans LA.
  • Launched between in 1944
  • Delivered in October 1944 to the War Shipping Administration and allocated to the War Department
  • Converted to an Aircraft Repair Ship at Mobile Air Tactical Command Brookley Field, Mobile, AL.
  • Commissioned, Col. Richard E. Cobb, date unknown. Note the names for these FS repair vessels were only announced by the War Department on 10 June 1945, and don't appear to have been used much, if at all, in official correspondence.
  • During World War II Col. Richard E. Cobb was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, date and location unknown
  • Listed for sale on the San Joaquin River, CA. in 1947
  • Sold to R.C. Allan in 1948, reflagged Panama, renamed MV Marjorie E.
  • Final Disposition, deleted from, ships registers in 1960, fate unknown
    Displacement 575 t.
    Length 180'
    Beam 32'
    Draft 14'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 diesel engines
    twin screws

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    USAV Col. Richard E. Cobb (FS-205)
    Col. Richard E. Cobb - Pilot of US Army Air Corps B-17E Flying Fortress #41-2667. Killed in a crash when the aircraft failed to gain altitude on takeoff from the airdrome at Whenuapai, Auckland, New Zealand for a flight to Laverton, Victoria, Australia during World War II.
    Richard Eastman Cobb was born in Newport, RI, grew up in Cambridge and Reading, Massachusetts. Served in the Navy 1917-1925, studying aviation at MIT during his naval service. Joined the Army as a private 1925, went to flight school at Brooks and Kelly Field. Promoted to 2nd Lt 1927, 1st Lt. 1932, Captain 1937 and Lt. Colonel April 1942. Held many speed records, carried typhoid serum to Vermont during the floods of 1927, rescued a fellow flier from Virginia mountaintop. Served as instructor at Mitchell and Kelly Fields 1938-1940, then to Hawaii, where he was present 7 December 1941. (Boston Globe, 11 June 1942).
    Tommy Trampp
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    370k USAV Col. Richard E. Cobb (FS-205) underway, date and location unknown.
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    USAV Col. Richard E. Cobb (FS-205)
    254k MV Marjorie E. (Ex-Col. Richard E. Cobb (FS-205) moored pierside, date and location unknown. David Wright

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