Staff Sergeant James R. Coffelt, US Army Air Forces, was assigned to the 330th Bomber Squadron, 93rd Bomber Group Heavy, flying B-24’s out of Gambut, Libya.
SSgt Coffelt was killed in action 15 February 1943, he is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy.
Aircraft B-24D with serial number 41-23675 was hit by flak over Naples, they fought the fighter off with all their guns firing, when last seen this ship was headed for the coast of Italy.
A message from Cairo to AGWAR, dated 23 February 1943, casualty branch no. 055030, lists this crew as missing in action while on an operational flight.
Pilot, Captain Charles T. Moore
Co-Pilot, 1st Lt Robert L. Brown
1st Lt Harold R. Tushla
1st Lt John F. Paschal Jr.
T/Sgt Walter D. Smith
T/Sgt Augustus B. Thompson
S/Sgt Harry R. Robinson
S/Sgt Benjamin J. Luglio
S/Sgt Clifton E. Dennis Jr.
S/Sgt James R. Coffelt
Left to right: S/Sgt. William E. Austin, Hollywood, Calif.; S/Sgt. Raymond E. Bolle, Birmingham, Ala.; Sgt. John Clement, Bell Vernon, Pa.; S/Sgt. James R. Coffelt, Hixon, Tenn. And S/Sgt. Clifton E. Dennis, Richwood, W. Va., all of whom received Air Medals