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Orman Merlin Coffin

Military

Crew Number 22

Service

People

  • Dale Johns

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Togglier | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Earl Lyles

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Tail Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA). B-17 #42-97093 'Doc's Flying Circus' or 'Girl of my Dreams' or 'I'll Get By'. Severe icing occurred during assembly for Kassel mission. Ship went into spin, Earl S. Lyles Jr. and Charles Spector bail out, Killed in Action (KIA).

  • George Marco

    Military | Sergeant (Technician Fourth Grade) | Ball Turret Gunner | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Jack Novak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Rolland Ridgway

    Military | Technical Sergeant (2nd Grade) | Radio Operator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Charles Spector

    Military | Sergeant | 390th Bomb Group
    Killed in action

  • Frank Ware

    Military | Navigator | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

  • Lloyd Watkins

    Military | Flight Engineer | 390th Bomb Group
    Crew Number 22

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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. ...

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 568th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31744

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/12/43; Kearney 5/1/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-A (was BI-W) Framlingham 5/2/44; Missing in Action Derben, Ger. 14/1/45 with Walt Wiegnad, Herb Bracht, Wallace Shipplett, Noble Parker (4 Killed in Action); Jim Blaire, Bill Bongard,...

  • 42-97093 I'll Get By

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/1/44; Kearney 14/2/44; Presque Is 20/2/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-S] Framlingham 3/3/44 DOC'S FLYING CIRCUS, then GIRL OF MY DREAMS; on mission 21/7/44 with ? , Lt Sam Dubin (Killed in Action); severe icing during assembly for...

  • 43-38526 'STAR DUSTER'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/8/44; Hunter 23/8/44; Grenier 4/9/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-Z] Framlingham 8/9/44 BIG GAS BIRD; Missing in Action Derben 14/1/45 with Lou Niebergall, Norman Comstock, Lorenzo Herring, Bob Putt, Jack Palmer, Len Hokow (7...

  • 43-39023

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 10/11/44; Grenier 2/12/44; Assigned 563BS/388BG Knettishall 15/12/44; transferred 568BS/390BG [BI-K] Framlingham 1/1/45 MAIDEN PRAYER; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 2/7/45; Reconstruction...

  • 44-6914

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 16/12/44; Dow Fd 23/12/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-G] Framlingham 1/1/45; Returned to the USA Bradley 30/6/45; Sth Plains 3/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 24/11/45.

  • 44-8633

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 9/11/44; Grenier 2/12/44; Assigned 568BS/390BG [BI-Z] 13/12/44; Returned to the USA Bradley 9/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 27/11/45; SWEET MARIE.

Missions

  • 715

    16 November 1944

  • 720

    21 November 1944

  • 731

    30 November 1944

  • 748

    12 December 1944

  • 754

    18 December 1944

  • 8th Air Force 760

    24 December 1944
    1. Decision. ...

  • 761

    25 December 1944

  • 769

    29 December 1944

  • 770

    30 December 1944

  • 783

    6 January 1945

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Associated Place

  • Framlingham

    Military site : airfield
    Built for the Eighth Air Force from 1942 to 43, Framlingham was home first to the 95th Bomb Group, before that unit moved to RAF Alconbury. From 1943 to 1945, it was operated by the 390th Bomb Group. The airfield was handed back to the RAF in 1945, and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Centerville, IA 27 July 1921
Buried Belleville, IL 10 October 1943

Valhalla Gardens of Memory and Mausoleum
Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section D

390th BG Combat Tour Framlingham Airfield, UK 16 November 1944 – 11 April 1945
Died O'Fallon, IL 7 October 1973
Lived in Lincoln, NE

1022 K Street

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 December 2020 03:29:24 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://5085.sydneyplus.com/final/portal.aspx?lang=en-US
https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=17085470...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/131723669/orman-merlin-coffin

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:49 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.390thspace.com/missions.php?name=Coffin%2C+Orman+M

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