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Robert Thornton Coale


Assigned to 97BS, 47BG, 12AF USAAF. 60+ x combat missions. ETD

Awards: AM (3OLC), GC, NSDM, WWII Victory, EAME (4 x battle stars), AF Longevity Service Award.


Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force

    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 47th Bomb Group
  • 97th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Majestic, Alabama 21 March 1924

Son of Simeone and Jennie Mae [Bailey] Coale.

Lived in Bayview, Alabama June 1942

213 Shore Avenue

Worked for U.S. Pipe and Foundry

Assigned to the 47th Bomb Group Capodochino Airfield, Italy March 1944

Completed a 60 mission tour

Died Nacogdoches, Texas 13 July 2017


Date Contributor Update
27 April 2021 09:35:38 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2021 22:07:46 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
"47th Bomb Group" - Turner Publishing, page 73