Feb. 21, 1922 Donalsonville Seminole County Georgia, USA
Dec. 16, 1947 Tucson Pima County Arizona, USA
Bonnell Ponteaux Coachman was born 21 Feb. 1922, in Donalsonville, GA. He was the son of Bonnell Villaponteaux Coachman and Ruth Butler. He had five sisters - he was the only boy. He attended the Citadel 9 Sept 1940 and dropped out 18 Sept. 1941.
Bonnell married Peggy Askew in June 1946 and died in Dec 1947. He had one son Bonnell Ponteaux Coachman born the April 10, 1948. Peggy married William Graham Love in 1950. He may have adopted Bonnell and changed his name to Love. Bonnell (Love?), married Nancy Bishop in 1968 and had a child Margaret.
Tucson AZ Bomber Crash, Dec 1947 Posted October 29th, 2009 by Stu Beitler
TWELVE DIE AS BOMBER GOES DOWN Tucson, Ariz. -- (AP) -- Twelve of the 20 crew members of a Jamaica-bound B-29 died in the flaming wreckage of the four-engined bomber a few minutes after taking off from Davis-Monthan Field....
CRASH DEAD AND SURVIVORS NAMED. Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 17. (INS) -- The army today revealed the names of eight survivors and 12 men killed in the flaming crash of a B-29 bomber near the Davis-Monthan airfield at Tucson.
Of the eight survivors only Sgt. THOMAS E. LEONARD, 2912 Topax Road, Baltimore, was reported in critical condition.
The other seven survivors, most of whom suffered minor injuries, were: Sgt. JOSEPH E. MACIS, 4332 South Fairfield Avenue, Chicago, IL S/Sgt. WILLARD C. LAMBERT, 413 Louisiana Avenue, Opeloussa, LA Cpl. PAUL M. MUENCH, 716 South McKinley Avenue, Freeport, IL Pfc. WILLIAM D. PRETICE, 35 Bodwell Street, Hartford, CT S/Sgt. BRIAN J. MARCORELLE, 41 Central Street, Ipswich, MA M/Sgt. WALTER L. TOMPOR, 4421 Garvin, Detroit, MI S/Sgt. HAROLD E. ANDREWS, 330 W. Pennsylvania Street, Muncie, PA
The plane crashed last night a few minutes after it had taken off from the Davis-Monthan field on a routine flight to Varam Field, Jamaica. Army air corps investigators were assigned to investigate the cause of the crash.
Long Beach Independent California 1947-12-18 __________________
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!