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John F Coppom


Flew on Black Thursday Mission to the VKF Ball Bearing Plant in Schweinfort as Co-pilot with William C. Heller. 15 Oct 1943 a/c accident on return from mission in 'Thumper Again' B17#42-5393.

DFC; Air Medal w 3/Oak Leaf Cluster; ETO w/battle star


Units served with

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 360th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-5393 'Just For Laughs' aka 'Little Woman' aka 'Thumper Again'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Tulsa 29/11/42; Morrison 6/2/43; Assigned 360BS/303BG [PU-G] Molesworth 25/2/43; took off from RAF Kenley following previous day’s raid, but involved in landing accident at RAF North Luffenham after getting lost en route to base 15/10/43;...


Event Location Date
Born Pleasanton, Nebraska 5 December 1921
Died 24 December 1973
Buried Boulder, CO, USA Mountain View Cemetary


Date Contributor Update
09 February 2017 13:25:29 Moe1a Changes to nickname and events

Updated by Dail Coppom Son of John F. Coppom.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:59 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / son, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFS Vol. I p. 343