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Service:Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service Number:72585
Rank:Squadron Leader
Date of Death:11 March 1942
Decorations:Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar
Units:No. 149 Squadron, RAF †


Distinguished Flying Cross:
In November, 1940, this officer was captain of an aircraft detailed to attack the railway yards and locomotive sheds at Munich. In spite of the fact that on his arrival he found considerable anti-aircraft activity and that he had been warned of the presence of balloons, he glided down to a height of 3,500 feet and straddled the target with his bombs. He then circled the town and ordered his air gunners to put out as many searchlights as possible. Since June, 1940, Flight Lieutenant Coleman has carried out 25 raids, 15 of them as captain of aircraft, during which he has displayed skill, persistent determination and devotion to duty and has set a magnificent example to his squadron.

Burial Details

Grave:Row A. Grave 17.

External Links

The London Gazette - Distinguished Flying Cross Citation (26 November 1940)

Record updated on 22 July 2018.


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