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Charles W Coon

Military

B-26 41-34884 was involved in an accident on a training flight on 14 August 1943. Charles Coon is reported to have been seriously injured. He was Engineer/Gunner on board B-26 #42-107591 on the 322nd BG 8 July 1944 mission to targets in Northern France. The Marauder was hit by a German fighter, caught fire and exploded before crashing near Condé-Folie, 16km SE of Abbeville (Somme Department), France. 3 POW/4 Evaded (EVD), including Charles Coon.

Service

Units served with

  • 322nd Bomb Group

    322nd Bomb Group

    Group
    The 322nd Bombardment Squadron (Medium) was activated on 19-Jun-1942 at MacDill Field, Florida with B-26B Marauder aircraft. In late September 1942 the unit moved to Drane Field, Florida. The Ground echelon sailed for the UK aboard the Queen Elizabeth...

  • 449th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-107591

    B-26 Marauder
    Shot down by a German fighter above Northern France on 8 July 1944. Crashed near Condé-Folie, 16km SE of Abbeville, Somme Department, France. 3 Prisoners of War (POW)/4 Evaded (EVD). Missing Air Crew Report-MACR 6627.

Associated Place

  • Andrews Field

    Military site : airfield
    The base was known as Great Saling when construction – by US Army engineers – began in 1942 but was renamed Andrews Field in honour of the memory of Gen. Frank M. Andrews, who was killed when the B-24 he was travelling in crash-landed in Iceland on 3...

Events

Event Location Date
Born 22 December 1922

Gastonia, North Carolina

Bailed out 8 July 1944

of B-26 #42-107591 over Northern France

Evaded capture 8 July 1944 – September 1944

with the help of French citizens and members of the Résistance. Liberated by US troops August 1944, he was back in England on 7 September 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1644.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 July 2020 13:59:34 ED-BB Changes to service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

MACR 6627
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 1644

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey pp. 232-3

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