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Thomas Joseph Coburn Jr

Military

2 October 1942 on returning from mission to Meaulte, France, crash landed at Gatwick with landing gear retracted. 3 crew members were injured but all returned. Their plane 'Phyllis' B-17F-BO 41-24397 was salvaged. Wounded in Action (WIA).

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 301st Bomb Group

    301st Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 3-February-1942 at Geiger Field, Washington and equipped with B-17s. On 27-May-1942 the ground unit moved to Alamogordo Army Air Field, New Mexico, and the aircraft went to Muroc Army Air Field (now Edwards Air Force Base), California for...

  • 325th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24397 Phyllis

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 352BS/301BG Westover 8/7/42; Chelveston 9/8/42; detailed mission to Meaulte, Fr 2/10/42; crash landed RAF Gatwick 2/10/42 with 1Lt. Charles W. Paine, Jr. Co-pilot: 1Lt Robert H. Long, Navigator: 2Lt John A. Thomson, Bombardier: 2Lt Stanley A....

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 13

    2 October 1942
    97BG and 301BG together despatch 43 B-17s to bomb the Avion Portez aircraft factory ar Meaulte, France; 97BG also despatches 6 B-17s to attack the German airfield Longuenesse at St. Omer, France which is intended as a diversion to the main attack at...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Forty Fort, PA 2 November 1919

Son of Thomas J Snr and Ida Mae [Noble] Coburn.

Enlisted Philadelphia, PA 15 November 1940
Based Chelveston 1943 – 1945

Assigned to 325BS, 301BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died 12 May 1987

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2018 21:37:13 Al_Skiff Changes to biography
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/83723154-thomas-j-coburn
https://www.fold3.com/record/18285835-thomas-j-coburn
https://www.fold3.com/record/626050483-thomas-coburn-1919
https://www.fold3.com/image/128756497?terms=Thomas%20J%20Coburn
https://www.fold3.com/image/541423084?terms=Thomas%20J%20Coburn
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/156540444/ida-mae-coburn

Date Contributor Update
26 December 2018 19:53:12 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, firstname, nickname, service number, role, events and unit associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/83723154-thomas-j-coburn
https://www.fold3.com/record/18285835-thomas-j-coburn
https://www.fold3.com/record/626050483-thomas-coburn-1919
https://www.fold3.com/image/128756497?terms=Thomas%20J%20Coburn
https://www.fold3.com/image/541423084?terms=Thomas%20J%20Coburn
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/156540444/ida-mae-coburn

Date Contributor Update
23 October 2014 17:11:04 Lee8thbuff Changes to aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

Lee Cunningham 23-Oct-2014. Connections within web site data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:26:13 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th Air Forces by Bishop and Hey, p. 36

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