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Dennis Eugene “Tex” Coffman

10/17/1921 - 05/05/1981

Dennis Eugene “Tex” Coffman

1.     COFFMAN

a)     Dennis Eugene “Tex” Coffman  10/17/1921 - 05/05/1981

2.     World War II, U.S. Army Air Corp.

b)     Great Dunmow:  Essex Gardens, Easton Lodge

i)      http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=great+dunmow,+england&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.710275,59.238281&ie=UTF8&om=1&z=15&ll=51.884253,0.311136&spn=0.012821,0.043001&t=h

ii)      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Greatdunmow-2jun1947.jpg

iii)         http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Great_Dunmow

iv)     http://www.dunmoweb.co.uk/

v)      http://www.armyairforces.com/forum/m_94962/tm.htm

vi)     http://www.eastonlodge.co.uk/

vii)        http://mighty8thaf.preller.us/gallery/Great-Dunmow/DSC01782

c)     MEDALS

i)      Distinguished Flying Cross

ii)     Air Medal

iii)         Ribbons

3.     AIRCRAFT

a)     Martin B-26 Marauder

i.      An Account of the "PRIVY DONNA"

d)     Boeing B-29 "Superfortress"

e)     Boeing B-52 Statofortress

f)      Fairchild C-123 Provider

g)     McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

h)     Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger"

4.     Acknowledgements

 


1.       COFFMAN

a)        Dennis Eugene “Tex” Coffman  10/17/1921 - 05/05/1981

 

 

 

2.       World War II, U.S. Army Air Corp. 

a)      B-26

B-26 Marauder Medium Bomber
http://www.lockheedmartin.com/aboutus/history/B26Marauder.html


How to Fly the B-26 Airplane
http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/B-26.html

http://www.zenoswarbirdvideos.com/realg2/B-26RV1056.ram


Martin B-26 Marauder

http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/018.htm

 

Old Glory Prints

http://www.oldgloryprints.com/Pay-Off.htm

      

13165811 RU-A, 554th Bomber Squadron, 386th Bomber Group, 99th Bombardment Wing (Medium), 9th Bomber Command

(Transferred from 8th Air Force 3rd Bomber Wing)

b)      Great Dunmow:  Essex Gardens, Easton Lodge

i)                    http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=great+dunmow,+england&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=33.710275,59.238281&ie=UTF8&om=1&z=15&ll=51.884253,0.311136&spn=0.012821,0.043001&t=h

ii)       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Greatdunmow-2jun1947.jpg 

iii)     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Great_Dunmow

iv)                 http://www.dunmoweb.co.uk/ 

v)                  http://www.armyairforces.com/forum/m_94962/tm.htm

vi)                 http://www.eastonlodge.co.uk/

vii)                http://mighty8thaf.preller.us/gallery/Great-Dunmow/DSC01782

c)       MEDALS

i)                    Distinguished Flying Cross 

 

 

ii)                   Air Medal

iii)                 Ribbons

 

 Distinguished Flying Cross

 Air Medal (multiple clusters)

 Presidential Unit Citation

 Army Good Conduct Medal (multiple clusters)

 American Defense Service Medal

 American Campaign Medal

 Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

 Euro-African-Middle Eastern Campaign

 Air Force Longevity Service Award (multiple clusters)

 

3.       AIRCRAFT

 

a)      Martin B-26 Marauder 

 

Wednesday, September 8, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 18.
... Top gunners in the first three ships fired at the enemy; one of whom was Staff Sergeant
Dennis E. Coffman flying in, "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A. His pilot was ...
www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/018.htm - 21k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Sunday, October 24, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 35.
... Top turret gunner DE Coffman flying with Captain Albert Caney in their plane named,
"PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A let loose with 50 rounds at 300 yards, and ...
www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/035.htm - 21k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Target: Marshalling Yard at Venlo, Holland. 386th Bomb Group ...
... Lieutenant Tomasello pilot of ship 131812 RU-J flying in number five position of
the lead flight, saw Lieutenant Kay’s ship "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A receive ...
www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/283.htm - 12k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Friday, November 5,1943, 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 38.
... formation. Captain Albert Caney third box leader had a technical problem
with his aircraft named "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A. Lieutenant ...
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Sunday, September 26, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group Mission Recalled.
... 0842 hours. High flight leader Captain Albert Caney maneuvered his
plane "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A into the air at 0849 hours. Low ...
www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/ mission_recalled_1.htm - 14k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Tuesday, September 14, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 22.
... Lieutenant Peters flying, "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A slid into number three position
low flight, lead box - the spot Flight Officer Watson had just vacated. ...
www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/022.htm - 17k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Wednesday, September 15, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 23 ...
... Captain Thomas White while flying, "PRIVY DONNA" 13165811 RU-A in number four position
in the second box, felt the vibrations of machine gun fire within his ...
www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier/023.htm - 25k - Cached - Similar pages

 

Wednesday, September 22, 1943 - 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 26 ...
... Captain Caney’s plane, "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A in the low flight and,
"THUMBS UP" in the high flight being flown by Lieutenant Lein. ...
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i.                     An Account of the "PRIVY DONNA"

 

http://www.b26.com/historian/chester_klier.htm

 

Lieutenant Tomasello pilot of ship 131812 RU-J flying in number five position of the lead flight, saw Lieutenant Kay’s ship "PRIVY DONNA" 131658 RU-A receive a flak hit. The right side engine began to trail smoke! Lieutenant Kay continued on the bomb run as all planes closed bomb bay doors at 1750 hours while making a steep left turn off the target. The flak guns pounded away as eight Marauders were struck by shrapnel.

Near Antwerp, Belgium Lieutenant Kay had to shut down his right engine as his crew jettisoned their bomb load in an unarmed condition. All flight instruments had been shot out on the bomb run. With "PRIVY DONNA’s" right engine still smoking with a feathered propeller Lieutenant Kay spiraled down steeply through breaks in the heavy clouds. The aircraft broke clear of the overcast at 2,000 feet and its pilot headed for Charleroi after calling Sweepstakes for a heading.

Meanwhile Lieutenant Kerr had reached the P-51 and P-38 Base of the 76th Tactical Photo Reconnaissance Group at Charleroi. It was a grass strip only 3600 feet long. He flew a left hand pattern and landed. Upon touch down he noted the grass was wet and slippery. Because of the poor light conditions he could not see the far end of the runway, and his brakes would not stop the aircraft. Seeing there was danger of overrunning, he hit the landing gear release, pulled up wheels and the aircraft slid on its belly. The plane struck a revetment and crashed into 9,000 gallons of gasoline stored in five gallon cans that had been temporarily stacked up at the end of the runway. The aircraft and all of that gasoline caught fire at once!

Lieutenant Kay’s "PRIVY DONNA" appeared over the field as the flames shot skyward. He prepared to make a single engine landing, realizing the shortness of the runway he pulled up and went around. On his second try he decided he could not land without overrunning, so he pulled up and went around again; his third approach was angled away from the fire on the field, he retracted his landing gear, pulled up flaps and came in on the belly. None of his crew were injured, and no major damage to the aircraft in the landing.

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d)      Boeing B-29 "Superfortress"

http://www.ascho.wpafb.af.mil/korea/Chap2.htm

 

http://www.google.com/search?as_q=EARLIEST+AIR+FORCE+JETS+&num=10&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&btnG=Google+Search&as_epq=&as_oq=50%27S+1950&as_eq=&lr=&as_ft=i&as_filetype=&as_qdr=all&as_occt=any&as_dt=i&as_sitesearch=&safe=images

 

e)      Boeing B-52 Statofortress

 

f)        Fairchild C-123 Provider

http://www.elmendorf.af.mil/

 

g)      McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

 

h)      Convair F-102A "Delta Dagger" 

Elmendorf Air Force Base Static Aircraft Display

http://www.elmendorf.af.mil/3wing/units/history/webdocs/Museum%20F-102A.htm

 

http://www.photovault.com/Link/Military/AirForce/Aircraft/F-102DeltaDagger.html

http://www.wpafb.af.mil/museum/research/fighter/f102.htm

 


4.       Acknowledgements

 

Thanks to

http://www.b26.com

http://www.squadron13.com

http://afhra.maxwell.af.mil/ 

http://www.af.mil/factsheets/