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2Lt Robert Wallace Coe

2Lt Robert Wallace Coe

Suffern, Rockland County, New York, USA
Death 9 Oct 1943 (aged 22)
At Sea
Burial Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England
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Memorial ID 56288638 · View Source
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Robert served as a Second Lieutenant & Navigator on B-17F #42-29868, 508th Bomber Squadron, 351st Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Rockland County, New York prior to the war.

B-17F #42-29868 took off, with a crew of 10, from Polebrook Station 110, England on a heavy bombardment mission over Anklam, Germany.

They were attacked by German 109 fighters and were shot down and crashed into the Baltic Sea. Some of the crew were able to bailout prior the the B-17 exploding.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Clusters and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-673479

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Airmen who perished on B-17F #42-29868:

Brantz, Theodore W ~ T/Sgt, Radio operator, MN
Coe, Robert W ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Hammond, Raymond A ~ S/Sgt, Left waist gunner, MI
Harmon, Nelson O ~ S/Sgt, Right waist gunner, TN
Jeanes, Alvin L ~ Sgt, Ball turret gunner, IN
Silverman, Abraham ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NY
Trask, William E ~ S/Sgt, Tail gunner, ME
Turley, Joseph H ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, CA

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Crew members who became POW's:

Williams, Frank E, Jr ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, CO
Curis, Theodore P ~ T/Sgt, Top Turret Gunner, RI

They both survived the war and were later liberated.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56288638
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Robert Wallace Coe (Apr 1921–9 Oct 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56288638, citing Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .