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William J Coffey Jr


Killed in ACtion (KIA) in B-26C-15-MA 41-34958 'Hazard' [RG:F] 386BG/552BS while serving as Navigator/Bombardier. The aircraft was cut in half by flak in target area of Boulogne, France and crashed there. 386th BG was part of the 8th BG from July-October 1943.


Units served with

  • 386th Bomb Group

    386th Bomb Group

    The 386th Bomb Group flew B-26 Marauders for the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces. Whilst with the Eighth, the Group developed the formation release procedure for the B-26 on missions that targeted aerodromes, marshalling yards and V-weapon sites along the...

  • 552nd Bomb Squadron


  • 41-34958 Hazard

    B-26 Marauder
    B-26C-15-MA 41-34958 "Hazard" [RG:F] was assigned to the 386BG/552BS at Boxtred, UK. On 9-Sep-43 the aircraft was shot down by a direct hit of anit-aircraft fire while attacking the coastal defenses around Boulogne, France. 4 of the crew were killed,...


  • VIII Air Support Command 55

    9 September 1943
    The coastal defenses along the French coast near Boulogne are the targets for 217 B-26s from: 322BG (54); 323BG (54); 386BG (55) and 387BG (54). These operational capacity of each of these Groups has been increased by 50%. 202 aircraft are effective on...

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Event Location Date
Killed in Action (KIA) Boulogne-sur-Mer, France 9 September 1943

Killed when aircraft took a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire and crashed at the target of Boulogne, France.

Buried 1945

Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery, Plot D, Row 10, Grave 41.


Date Contributor Update
04 June 2015 20:02:40 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 4-Jun-2015. Added decorations and Burial event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records; Added SN and KIA event per MACR 15266; Made connections to Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data; Edited Summary biograpy adding call sign, unit association and crew position.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:16 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15266,Combat Chronology Supplement p. 548, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs by Bishop and Hey p. 279.