Capt. Merle M. Coons

(W. Staggs via C. Smith)

Capt. Merle M. Coons

38th FS - 06 June 1944 - 12 December 1944

Assigned Aircraft

P-51D CG-C 44-14068 "The Worry Bird" (F. Birtciel)

Mission History

Not Known

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
231 11 September 1944 Ruhland
233 13 September 1944 Merseberg
262 02 November 1944 Merseberg
282 05 December 1944 Berlin
Air Scores
Ground Scores
Score Detail 11 September 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) Erfurt
11 September 1944  Me-109 probable (air) Erfurt
13 September 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) Erfurt
02 November 1944  FW-190 destroyed (air) W/Merseburg
05 December 1944  Me-109 destroyed (air) N/Berlin
05 December 1944  FW-190 destroyed (air) N/Berlin

Born on 25th March 1921 in Arlington, Oregon.
Graduated from high school in Gresham, Oregon in 1939.  In June 1941, he sought an Aviation Cadet programme for pilot training with the Army Air Corps and gained that appointment in March 1942.  Upon graduation with Class 43-B at Williams AAFB, Arizona, in February 1943, he received an assignment as an instructor pilot with the same training squadron where he received his advanced pilot training.
After 13 months of duty, during which he logged more than 1100 hours as pilot and instructor pilot in AT-9's, AT-17's, AT-6's, P322's and P-38's, he departed Arizona as one of 30 volunteers for "immediate" combat duty.  After a brief sojourn in Florida for P-47 qualification, followed by a 13 day boat ride, he arrived in England for combat duty with the Eighth Air Force.  With more experience in and preferring the P-38, he succeeded in a bid for duty in a P-38 unit and joined the 38th Fighter Squadron at Wormingford.
ASN - O-737733
06 June 1944 - Joined the 38th Fighter Squadron
17 September 1944 - Promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain
12 December 1944 - Ended Tour of Duty
Retired with the rank of Colonel from the USAF on 1st April 1968.


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