2Lt Thomas M Coberly

Death 16 Nov 1944
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot N Row 14 Grave 193
Memorial ID 56754894 · View Source
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Age 22 pilot and the senior member of the crew of the "Lucky Strike" B24 of the 23rd Bomber Squadron 5th Bomber Group that was shot down over Borneo and died there along with Elmer Phillips, 2Lt Jerome (Jerry) Rosenthal and 2Lt Frederick H Brennan, Jr.

The rest of the crew was rescued by the native Dayak people and the story is detailed in the book:

The Airmen and the Headhunters: A True Story of Lost Soldiers, Heroic Tribesmen and the Unlikeliest Rescue of World War II
by Judith M. Heimann

there was also a PBS special in the 'Secrets of Dead' series and associated -- DVD

Gravesite Details Entered the service from California.



  • Maintained by: Donna
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56754894
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt Thomas M Coberly (unknown–16 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56754894, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Donna (contributor 46910450) .