Ernest Franklin Coble Jr

Military

Object Number - UPL 36835 - Ernest Coble

His other lifelong passion was flying which began for him when he volunteered for World War II at the age of 20. Erk was a B17 Co-pilot in the European Theater and flew numerous bombing missions where he became a Purple Heart recipient. After an honorable discharge from the war, his many experiences led to a career in flying. From crop dusting in the southern states to eventually beginning his career with Pan American World Airways, he circled the globe many times, including 36 missions ferrying soldiers into and out of Vietnam. Starting out on turbo-prop aircraft, he ultimately retired as a Boeing 747 Captain. He was also a recreational pilot and owned both single engine and twin-engine airplanes.

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Event Location Date Description

Born

Rockingham, North Carolina 3 July 1924

Enlisted

Charlotte, North Carolina 11 December 1942

Died

Raleigh, North Carolina 2 January 2019 Transitions LifeCare

Revisions

Date4 Jan 2019 02:02:21
ContributorKD4ITI
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Dave Wentzel
8th AF Historical Society (Metrolina Chapter)

Date4 Jan 2019 01:51:18
ContributorKD4ITI
Sources

His other lifelong passion was flying which began for him when he volunteered for World War II at the age of 20. Erk was a B17 pilot in the European Theater and flew numerous bombing missions where he became a Purple Heart recipient. After an honorable discharge from the war, his many experiences led to a career in flying. From crop dusting in the southern states to eventually beginning his career with Pan American World Airways, he circled the globe many times, including 36 missions ferrying soldiers into and out of Vietnam. Starting out on turbo-prop aircraft, he ultimately retired as a Boeing 747 Captain. He was also a recreational pilot and owned both single engine and twin-engine airplanes.

Date27 Sep 2014 18:09:14
ContributorAAM
Sources

100th Bomb Group Foundation Directory, 2000 - 2001 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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