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Comparing Original Crew Members vs. Crew Members Shot Down
The crew members who were declared MIA/KIA on 25 June 1944:
* Crew members in red above "likely" not in the crew picture taken in November 1943.
Comparing Original Crew Members vs. Crew Members Shot DownI have located a document dated 29 January 1944 that lists the original Coleman Crew members who departed the states (Hamilton Field) to their assignment with the 307th Bomb Group at Carney Field Guadalcanal as replacement crews. The crew members listed in this document includes the following men who were not with the Coleman crew when they were shot down on 25 June 1944:
Members of the Coleman Crew who shipped out with the Coleman crew on 29 January 1944 but were not on the plane when it was shot down on 25 June 1944:
New Officer Names Found on Picture-Members of the Original Crew
This crew picture (same as we have received from other sources) was located by the family of 2nd. Lt. Coleman and sent to me in March 2008. It includes a few names that I have never heard before from the back row of officers. The new names included co-pilot 2nd Lt. David Grimwood and bombardier 2nd Lt. Marion Sebastian. Since the names were written on the back of the picture by 2nd. Lt. Coleman we can only assume that both Grimwood and Sebastian were members of the Coleman crew in November 1943 when it was originally put together. However, both were replaced (by co-pilot 2nd Lt. John E. Jurcia, Jr. and bombardier 2nd. Lt. James F. Lind) by the time the crew shipped out to the Pacific in February 1944.
Coleman Crew officers in November 1943 Picture but were not with the crew when they shipped out to the Pacific on 29 January 1944:
The following crew members including my uncle were replacement crew members for the men above. Members Coleman Crew when it was shot down but not in the original Coleman Crew picture taken in November 1943:
Coleman Crew Members in Picture:
Please Share InfoPlease share any information you might have regarding the following men. Although they were not lost with the Coleman crew, all were members of the Coleman crew prior to the loss.
Mission Reports Listing the Coleman Crew
Thus far I can only locate seven mission reports involving the Coleman crew starting on 23 April 1944 and ended with the 25 June 1944 shoot down. View Coleman Crew mission reports.
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