Kenneth William Coaster

Kenneth William Coaster

Birth
Hayes, London Borough of Hillingdon, Greater London, England
Death 17 Sep 1943 (aged 19)
Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot R.A.F. Plot. Grave 16.
Memorial ID 7866624 View Source
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Coaster was Born on December 16th, 1923 in Hayes, London Borough Of Hillingdon, Greater London, England. His parents are Mr. Alfred Coaster and Mrs. Ethel of Hayes Coaster, Middlesex, England. Coaster served as Leading Aircraftman for the Royal Air Force. His service number is 1803392. On September 17, 1943, Coaster was out on a solo flight when his AT-6 ran out of fuel. He landed his plane on an open field in near Waxahachie, Texas. After radioing in to the Terrell airfield, his flight instructor Malcolm Mac Donald was driven out to Coaster's plane. Mac Donald helped Coaster refuel, and the two flew out. Unfortunately, their plane endured a fatal collision with the tall trees surrounding the field. Both instructor and student died together. Coaster was only nineteen years old. His remains lay to rest at the Oakland Memorial Cemetery at R.A.F. Plot, Grave 16. Every year on Remembrance Day a service is held at the memorial to honor the fallen cadets and their fallen instructors. Kenneth William Coaster was in Course #17 of the No. 1 British Flying Training School in Terrell, Texas.

At the back wall of the nearby Church of the Good Shepherd can be seen the Royal Air Force ensign. There is a plaque underneath reading:
This Royal Air Force ensign was presented to the City of Terrell by Her Majesty's Air Attache to the United States on the 1st June 1952 on behalf of the Royal Air Force.
Although this ensign is symbolic of the joint victories won in the air by the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force in WWII it nevertheless also represents a victory of friendship rather than of war. Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, through this ensign, acknowledges with the deepest gratitude, the kindness and hospitality so willingly given by the citizens of Terrell to the Royal Air Force pilots who were trained at No.1 British Flying Training School during the war.


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1803392 L-A-C R.A.F. 'God's greatest gift remembrance.'