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Original Member of the Coleman Crew
Sgt. Lawrence Rein was an original member of the Coleman crew when it was assembled in November 1943. We know SSgt. Lawrence Rein remained with the Coleman crew when they departed Hamilton Field, CA to their assignment with the 307th Bomb Group at Carney Field Guadalcanal as replacement crews to join the 307th Bomb Group due to the following document.
Sgt. Lawrence Rein left the crew sometime between the time the crew arrived with the 307th Bomb Group in February 1944 and the loss of the crew in June 1944. We do not know the exact date that he left the crew but I now know from speaking with Lawrence in March 2008 that he became ill and was replaced. I have located the 372nd BS crew load lists for the month of June 1944. Sgt. Lawrence Rein is not listed as a member of the Coleman crew for any of the June 1944 missions therefore, he left the crew prior to June 1944.
With the help of Jim McCabe I was able to locate and speak with Sgt. Lawrence Rein in march 2008. Lawrence was an original member of the Coleman crew and remembers many of the crew members. He became ill in the Pacific and was replaced on the Coleman crew. He remembers getting out of the hospital and hearing the news that the entire Coleman crew was lost on a mission to Yap. I'm in the process of sending Lawrence some documents and pictures to see if he can recall other events, however, here are a few memories he shared last week:
I'm looking forward to receiving more information and some pictures from Lawrence.
It is amazing that we keep finding more information and people such as Lawrence over 60 years after the Coleman crew was lost. I can't imagine what we could have located right after the war since a lot of the information and memories have been lost. Lawrence lost a lot of his pictures and documents in a house fire 25 years ago.
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