Capt Chester Elmer Coggeshall Jr.

Capt Chester Elmer Coggeshall Jr.

Hyannis, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 16 Apr 1945 (aged 24–25)
Bavaria (Bayern), Germany
Burial East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Plot J, 15558
Memorial ID 2639236 View Source
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343rd Fighter Squadron, 55th Fighter Group.
Captured and murdered

From Find A Grave Contributer #47444799

Entered service from Hyannis, Massachusetts
ASN - 0-754471
11 January 1944 - Joined the 343rd Fighter Squadron
March 1944 - Promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant
April 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
May 1944 - Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
May 1944 - Awarded Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal
30 August 1944 - Ended first tour of duty
MACR No. 13866
16 April was scheduled to be Capt. Coggeshall's last mission on his second tour.
1/Lt. Walter Strauch reported: "I was flying Tudor Red three on April 16, 1945, on an escort and strafing mission. We dove down to strafe an airfield west of Salzburg (Austria) and when we pulled up to about 1,000 feet I noticed Red Leader, Capt. Coggeshall, making a very gentle turn to the left and losing altitude. I immediately started over toward him and noticed his airplane was covered in oil, and about this time he made a fast belly landing, dug a wing in, and cartwheeled. I went back to investigate and saw where the plane had hit a small brick building. There was no fire but the airplane was completely
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's
book; "Double Nickel - Double Trouble"

After action report from his wingman:
"Coggy was killed on the last scheduled mission of his second tour. He was leading Red Flight strafing an airfield near Salzburg and destroyed the 190 above. He was hit by flak and bellied in crashing through a building and the
airplane was demolished. It was reported that he survived the crash, but was hung by civilians who were in turn hung during the Nurnberg Trials. Believe it or not, he had flown two tours and had not seen an enemy plane in the air. A good high school quarterback and a good pilot. He was highly thought of by all."
(Frank Birtciel)

A postwar inquiry found that Capt. Coggeshall had been executed by the mayor of the town of Freilassing, Germany. After being denied medical care, he was taken to a wooded area outside of the town and shot twice in the head by Burgermeister August Korbus. This was done by the civilian authorities of the town over the objections of German Army medical personnel. The two Nazi party officials responsible were tried and sentenced to death by a U.S. Military Court.
Korbus was executed by hanging at Lansberg Prison by U.S. Military authorities on 15 March 1946.