Charles Edward Coleman


Textile Engineering

Charlotte, North Carolina

Wife: Betty Honeycutt Coleman

Army Air Force, 2nd Lieutenant

338 AAF Bomb Group

Purple Heart                                                      

Jul 30, 1923

Mar 23, 1944

Killed In Action -  Vechta, Germany

Arlington National Cemetery, Section 34, Site 4052


Additional Information

A memorial service for him was held on July 7, 1944.  Another memorial service for deceased military members and a mural unveiling was held at the Dilworth Methodist Church (Charlotte, NC) on 10-7-1945.

Charles Coleman was killed while serving as a co-pilot in his second mission over Germany.  Coleman was co-piloting a B-17G, 42-31103, when the plane collided with an enemy aircraft causing the plane to go down in a spin.  Four crew members jumped and one parachute did not open.  His death was reported by the German government through the International Red Cross.


Crew List:
Pilot          Wilson, L.       2nd Lt.
Co-Pilot    Coleman, C.   2nd Lt.
N                Watts, W.       2nd Lt.
B                 Markert, J.    2nd Lt.
R                 Seibel, F.       S/Sgt
Eng TTG   Bessler, E.     S/Sgt
WGR          Sandoval, G.  Jr/Sgt
WGL          Dearmond, C. Sgt
TG              Gregory, C.     Sgt

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