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TSgt Wilfred S Cote

TSgt Wilfred S Cote

New Hampshire, USA
Death 23 May 1945 (aged 32–33)
Taillefontaine, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 31 Grave 36
Memorial ID 56371800 · View Source
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Husband of Gertrude I. Cote who resided in Revere, Massachusetts.

Wilfred served as a Technical Sergeant, 505th Military Police Battalion, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on April 16, 1942 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a meatcutter and also as Single, without dependents.

Wilfred was a passenger on Flight C-46D (#44-77507) which was taking 41 American soldiers that were ill or injured to hospitals in the Paris, France area and was then eventually going to take them all back to the United States. This flight occurred after Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945.

However this C-46, for unknown reasons, developed a fire in one of it's two engines and crashed near the village of Taillefontaine, near Paris.

Wilfred died in the "Line Of Duty", along with the flights 4 man crew and 40 others when this C-46D crashed.

Service # 31107934

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Crew who perished on C-46D #44-77507:

Pond, Rex L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, Utah
Weid, Claude H ~ 1st Lt, Co-Pilot, Illinois
Hill, Herbert H ~ Tech/3, Medical Team, Iowa
Vermillion, Edward V, Jr ~ Sgt, Medical Team, Virginia

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41 Passengers who perished on C-46D #44-77507:

Barton, Graham J ~ Maj, Mississippi
Bordelon, Eugene A ~ Pvt, Louisiana
Brancati, Vincent J ~ Pvt, New York
Branstetter, George O ~ Pfc, Oklahoma
Callihan, Richard ~ Tec/5, Kentucky
Carpenter, Carl L ~ Tec/5, Georgia
Carter, Leonard S ~ Pfc, South Carolina
Cote, Wilfred S ~ T/Sgt, New Hampshire
D'Amico, Floyd ~ Pfc, New York
Davis, Homer P ~ Tec/4, Missouri
Doyon, Joseph O ~ Pfc, Maine
Eagan, Leonidas E ~ Pfc, Colorado
Erlich, Maurie ~ Pfc, Missouri
Farris, William C ~ Pfc, Oklahoma
Garrity, Jack M ~ Tec/5, California
Gorrell, Denver, Jr ~ Pvt, Ohio
Gronkowski, Edward M ~ Pvt, Illinois
Hutchings, Walter S ~ 1st Lt, Illinois
Icenhour, Eugene J ~ T/5, Pennsylvania
Jankowski, Henry E ~ Pfc, New York
Kittrell, Floyd A ~ Tec/4, Florida
Maron, Joseph P ~ Tec/5, Ohio
Martel, Arthur R ~ Corp, Maine
Martin, James A ~ Pfc, Florida
McDonald, George S ~ S/Sgt, Kentucky
McGill, James P ~ Pvt, North Carolina
McNeal, Robert ~ Pfc, Georgia
Owens, Woodrow W ~ Pfc, Tennessee
Perkins, Richard W ~ Corp, New Jersey
Plante, Amos A ~ Capt, New Jersey
Quillin, William H ~ 1st Lt
Ronn, Eric L ~ Pfc
Runolfson, Loren A ~ Pfc, Washington
Sanderfur, James M ~ Tec/5, Indiana
Schary, Jerome ~ Pvt, New York
Shaw, Charles H ~ Pvt, California
Sheppard, Marion W ~ Pfc, Virginia
Smith, Wilson F ~ Corp, California
Sysock, Peter ~ Pfc, New York
Thibeault, Emmett A ~ Pfc, Michigan
Zell, Wayne L ~ Tec/4, Indiana

Bio, Crew, & Passenger list by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56371800
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for TSgt Wilfred S Cote (1912–23 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56371800, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .