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Wayne Monroe Coffey

Military

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (4stars)

Service

People

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 #42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first...

  • John Martyniak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

Missions

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Caldwell County, NC 7 August 1921

Son of James William and Thursa Elmira 'Myra' [Suddreth]Coffey.

Lived in Lenoir, NC 1942
Enlisted Asheville, NC 21 October 1942

Asheville, North Carolina

Based Ridgewell 1944 – 1944

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched channel RTD 30 miles W of Jersey 8 June 1944

Mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Died Wilkesboro, NC 27 May 1999
Buried Scenic Memorial Gardens, Wilkesboro, Wilkes County, NC 30 May 1999

Scenic Memorial Gardens
Wilkesboro,
Wilkes County, NC

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2020 08:20:58 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71721829/wayne-coffey

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2020 00:11:51 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 10:47:26 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/297298816
https://www.fold3.com/record/26857173-wayne-m-coffey
https://www.fold3.com/record/84048736-wayne-m-coffey
https://www.fold3.com/image/140697845?rec=140697911
D-Day Bombers: The Veterans' Story By Stephen Darlow
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/71721829/wayne-coffey

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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