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John Francis Coonan

Military

A native of Portland, OR who graduated from Grant High in 1938. After 2 years at the U of WA he joined the AAAC and received his wings in Jan. 1941. Assigned to the 26th FS and he was one of the pilots who flew P-40s off of the USS Ranger to N. Africa and ferried them to Burma. Flew 64 combat missions in Burma and claimed 2 kills but was was reduced to damaged. Upon return to the US he requested P-51s in England. His friend Jack Landers asked for him for his 38th FS where he served has OPS officer 38th FS from Sept. 8, 1944 - Jan. 3, 1945. Jack was shot down and crash landed his P-51D near Gutenzell, Gr. on Jan 3, 1945. He was shot down by his element leader 1Lt Dudley Amoss by accident. He was captured and held at Stalag Luft I and was released after VE-Day. MACR #11525.
He stayed in the AF serving in Greenland, England, Morocco, Iran, Vietnam, Burma, Pakistan and the Philippines. He was the first foreigner to command a RAAF squadron that being 75 Squadron flying CAC Sabres. He also commanded the 1st TFS flying F-100D Super Sabres. He received the L of M for planning US air ops during the invastion of the Dominion Republic in 1965 and 2 more plus 3 Bronze Stars while serving in Vietnam. He retired has a Col (O-6) in 1975.
P-51D s/n 44-15564 CG+Y
P-51D s/n 44-14358 CG+P "Portland Rose" TSgt Roger Fraleigh-crew chief
3.5 air kills (1 KI-21 bomber, 1 ME-109, 1 AR-96 & 1/2 FW-190

Service

People

  • Roger Fraleigh

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew chief | 55th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Crew chief for Capt John Coonan on P-51Ds CG+R and CG+P. ...

  • John Landers

    Military | Colonel | Commanding Officer | 357th Fighter Group
    Cmdr Officer of 78th FG, flew 90 missions in the Pacific Theater; served also with the 55th FG and 357th FG/ Had over 1039 hrs in flying time and 174 total missions. ...

  • Clayton Peterson

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 55th Fighter Group
    49th FG New Guinea 1942-43 38th FS HQ 55th FG

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 55th Fighter Group

    55th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 55th Fighter Group were the first P-38 Lightning Group to go fully operational from England. The pilots flew long-range escort missions for bombers flying over occupied Europe and racked up 'kills' of their own by destroying enemy aircraft in...

  • 38th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 44-14358 Portland Rose

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-13650

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 3SF, 55FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Wormingford

    Military site : airfield
    Wormingford was a Royal Flying Corps/RAF anti-Zeppelin aircraft Landing Ground First World War, rebuilt for the Eighth Air Force 1942-43. It was a Ninth Air Force base from 1943-44, and home to the 362nd Fighter Group. Switching back to the Eighth Air...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Portland, OR, USA 1919

Son of Ellen M Coonan.

Based Wormingford 7 September 1944 – 3 January 1945

Assigned to 38FS, 55FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Wormingford, Colchester CO6 3SD, UK 6 October 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Shot down Gutenzell-Hürbel, Germany 3 January 1945

Shot down by 1Lt Dudley Amoss by accident. crashed near Gutenzell on 3-Jan-45 in P-51D s/n 44-14358 CG+P "Portland Rose". Prisoner of War (POW) MACR 11525

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 3 January 1945 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag I.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2018 23:50:45 fugari Changes to biography
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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2018 23:49:49 fugari Changes to biography
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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2018 23:46:22 fugari Changes to person associations
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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
14 July 2018 23:45:34 fugari Changes to biography, awards and media associations
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JCook Photo Collection & Archives

Date Contributor Update
12 July 2018 20:17:50 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and unit associations
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https://www.fold3.com/image/46708018
https://www.fold3.com/image/202600521?terms=John%20F%20Coonan
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmsn.asp?SN=44-14358&Submit6=Go

Date Contributor Update
04 November 2016 23:34:57 fugari Changes to role
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Date Contributor Update
04 November 2016 23:33:41 fugari Changes to biography
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Date Contributor Update
04 November 2016 23:33:08 fugari Changes to middlename, nickname, highest rank, biography, awards, events, place associations and media associations
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27 September 2014 18:15:59 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11525 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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