Coleman Crew Documents
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Missing Air Crew Report:
(pdf file 13 MB)
Individual Aircraft Record Card:
The following document is the Individual Aircraft Record Card for B-24J-170, AAF Serial Number 44-40598. This is the plane that was lost with the Coleman Crew, Yap Island, 25 June 1944.
(pdf file 1.5 MB)
June 25, 1944 Mission Reports:
PAT NOTE: The 25 June 1944 mission with a joint stike between 2 squadrons of B-24's from the 5th Bomb Group and 2 squadrons of B-24's from the 307th Bomb Group to target the Yap Island Airfields. As you will read, the mission report statements about the Coleman shoot down are very different between the bomb groups.
Individual Deceased Personnel Files:
(pdf file 23 MB)
T/Sgt Bill Williams, Jr.—Armorer Gunner
(pdf file 5 MB)
2nd Lt. Gerald D. Coleman—Pilot
(pdf file 44 MB)
2nd Lt. Martin B. Unger—Navigator
(pdf file 32 MB)
2nd Lt. James F. Lind—Bombardier
(pdf file 32 MB)
T/Sgt Robert P. Wagoner—Engineer
(pdf file 45 MB)
S/Sgt James R., Jr. Lykens —Ass't Engineer
(pdf file 31 MB)
T/Sgt James R. Hurd—Radio Operator
(pdf file 28 MB)
T/Sgt Romeo Tetreault—Gunner
(pdf file 32 MB)
Additional Documents & Excepts:
(pdf file 242 KB)
Excerpt from "The Long Rangers-A Diary of The 307th Bombardment Group(H) by Sam S. Britt, Jr.
(pdf file 1,551 KB)
Consolidated Mission Report No. 307-292
(pdf file 1,241 KB)
Historical Data-372nd Bombardment Squadrom (H)
(pdf file 9,055 KB)
POST article titled, "MISSION OVER YAP-After the fortieth daily raid, the Japs wished the 13th Air Force would forget about Yap. Here is raid No. 41. Dated 6 January 1945
(pdf file 700 KB)
Yap Crash Site Map
(pdf file 217 KB)
Navigation chart from the US Government of Yap including water depths in meters
(pdf file 513 KB)
THE WICKED WENCH (42-40863)I located a picture of a B-24 from the 307th Bomb Group, 372nd Bomb Squadron named THE WICKED WENCH (42-40863). My uncle's crew, the Coleman Crew, flew THE WICKED WENCH on a number of missions from April to June 1944. However, they were flying a brand new B-24, #598, the day they were shot down on June 25, 1944 over Yap Island. I met the widow of the navigator, Martin B. Unger, back in 2005. She was the first person to tell me that she thought the name of the Coleman B-24 was THE WICKED WENCH. The crews often flew different planes on missions but had preferred planes with the squadron inventory. I can only assume THE WICKED WENCH was the preferred plane of the Coleman Crew.
Courtesy of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, Maxwell AFB AL
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