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Wayne L Coleman


Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. 75 x combat missions. Credited 4 x kills. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.


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. ...

  • 82nd Fighter Squadron


  • 44-73042 'Sooner Hotshot'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Wayne L Coleman. Re-assigned to Lt George V Elsey.

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Arizona, USA 1923
Lived in Los Angeles County, CA, USA 1941
Enlisted Los Angeles, CA, USA 15 January 1943
Based Duxford 29 July 1944 – July 1945

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed [3] Germany 9 September 1944

3 x Fw190's destroyed 9-Sep-44.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 10 October 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed 39576 Stendal, Germany 31 March 1945

Me262 destroyed Stendal 31-Mar-45.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK April 1945

Promoted to Captain.

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK July 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
03 March 2018 17:52:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list