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Harry Coronios

Military

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. 52 combat missions. Credited with 1 x kill and 1 x damaged. Killed on training mission while pilot of P-47D 42-8614. Entered a solid overcast over North Sea while training with 3 other P-47s. Reported missing and it is believed that he crashed in the sea near Happisburgh, Norfolk. His remains have never been recovered.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), PH.

Service

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. ...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-74626

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-6-RE 42-74626 was assigned to 56FG/62FS at Halesworth, UK on 11-Nov-43 the aircraft, piloted by 2LT Malcolm Van Meter, was depatched with others from the Gruop to provide withdrawl support of B-17 formations attacking at Munster, Germany. 2LT Van...

  • 42-8614 Saucy Shirley II

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D-5-RE 42-8614 was assigned to the 56FG/62FS at Halesworth, UK. On 17-Nov-43, the aircraft, piloted by 1LT Harry Coronios, was despatched with 3 others from the Group on a training mission over the North Sea. Aircraft last seen entering a cloud...

  • 42-7866 The Greek

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 62FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost due to Prop failure, crashed into trees off runway Cat 5 damage pilot Lt Warren M Chapman suffered head injuries. 9-May-43.

Missions

  • VIII Fighter Command TRAINING OPERATION

    17 November 1943
    This operation was a training flight made with three other P-47s from 56FG over the North Sea. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 1KNO having disappeared after entering a could bank over the North Sea. Believed to have crashed in the sea off of...

Associated Place

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

  • Kings Cliffe

    Military site : airfield
    Kings Cliffe began as a satellite air base for the Group based at nearby Wittering. The 56th Fighter Group, however, were all based at Kings Cliffe and it was here that the pilots trained in P-47 Thunderbolts and flew their first missions in the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Lowell, MA, USA 1922

Son of George and Theodra Coronios.

Lived in Middlesex County, MA, USA 1941
Enlisted Massachusetts, USA 1942
Crashed Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), 100 Arrival Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, USA 19 October 1942

Taxiing Accident Suffolk County Airport, LI, NY Cat 3 damage 2lt Harry Coronios, 19-Oct-42.

P-47C 41-6083 - 62FS 56FG

Based Boxted 1943 – 17 November 1943

Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF.

E/A Destroyed Bremen, Germany 8 October 1943

Fw190 destroyed Bremen, 8-Oct-43. P-47D 42-74626

E/A Damaged Bremen, Germany 8 October 1943

Fw190 damaged Bremen, 8-Oct-43. P-47D 42-74626

Killed - Non Operational (KNO) North Sea 17 November 1943

Crashed into the North Sea 15 miles East of Happisburgh, Norfolk while on a training mission.

Commemorated Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7PH, UK 1945

Commemorated on the Wall of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 July 2018 16:37:13 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Coronios&Submit7=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763367?terms=Harry%20Coronios
https://www.fold3.com/record/529897014-harry-coronios
https://www.fold3.com/image/28685519?terms=Harry%20Coronios
https://www.fold3.com/image/146508378?terms=Harry%20Coronios
http://www.greeks-in-foreign-cockpits.com/pilots-crews/fighter-pilots/ha...
56th Fighter Group By Roger Freeman
VIII Fighter Command at War: ‘Long Reach’ By Michael O'Leary
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56288773/harry-coronios

Date Contributor Update
15 July 2015 21:43:11 Lee8thbuff Changes to biography, awards, events and mission associations
Sources

L:ee Cunningham 15-Jul-2015. Added Decorations and Commemorated event per American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records. Made Connections to Place and Mission within existing website data. Made minor edits to Summary Biography.

Date Contributor Update
28 April 2015 20:47:58 Pyker Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, events and place associations
Sources

Made associations and updated data.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Chronology, Losses of Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 374, ABMC / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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