Harold Everett Coonrod

Military
D-Day, first Pathfinder crew to be back after mission over Normandy UPL 28820 UPL 28820 "Photo made immediately after first 9th Troop Carrier plane** to fly over target area landed back in England. Crew includes, left to right: S/Sgt. Edward F. Laurendeau (crew chief); Capt Edward E Cannon (surgeon); Capt William Culp, (navigator); Capt Vito S Pedone (co-pilot), Lt Col Joel L Crouch (pilot); Missing on the picture Cpl. Harold E. Coonrod (Radio-operator)" - ** C-47A 42-93098. Serial #1 Chalk #1.

NARA ref 342-FH-3A09086-53323AC.

personnal knowledge. Change of the name of the man on the left of the picture. He is the crew chief and not the radio operator

Object Number - UPL 28820 - "Photo made immediately after first 9th Troop Carrier plane** to fly over target area landed back in England. Crew includes, left to right: S/Sgt....

Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF. Radio Operator for lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varrevill, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.



Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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D-Day, first Pathfinder crew. Serial #1 Chalk #1
  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: IX Air Force Troop Carrier Command
  • Service Numbers: O-309751
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

D-Day, first Pathfinder crew. Serial #1 Chalk #1
  • Aircraft Type: C-47 Skytrain
  • Unit: 439th Troop Carrier Group 94th Troop Carrier Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Mahaska, KS 66955, USA 20 November 1919 Son of Harley Hammond and Beulah Emmaline [Summers] Coonrod.

Enlisted

Fort Riley, KS 66442, USA 12 June 1942 Fort Riley, Kansas

Other

RO - Serial #1, Chalk #1 D-day

6 June 1944 Radio Operator for lead aircraft [C-47 42-93098] of lead serial to drop pathfinder paratroops at zone A, St-Germain-de-Varreville, France on D-day 6-Jun-44.

Died

Seward, NE 68434, USA 17 May 2014

Buried/ Commemorated

Mahaska Cemetery Mahaska Washington County KS 21 May 2014 Interred Mahaska Cemetery Mahaska Washington County Kansas, USA

Based

North Witham Assigned to IX Troop Carrier Command, 9AF USAAF.

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highest rank : Sergeant

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Coonrod was radio operator, not radar operator. and he was corporal

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