COUGHLIN, JOHN ALLEN, Staff Sergeant, # 33373165, USAAF
John A. Coughlin was born on 27 November 1921 in to William C. Coughlin (1876-1968) and Helen (Johnson) Coughlin (1883-1972). His siblings were Claire Margaret (Coughlin) Kimball (1910-2014), Robert Timothy Coughlin (1915-2000), Jean Elizabeth Coughlin (1920-1985), and Edmond Coughlin (1924-2003). Living with the family in 1940 were his uncle-in-law James Francis Kimball (1909-1971) and nephews James F. Kimball Jr. (1932-1995), William M. Coughlin (1929- ), and James T. Coughlin (1933- ). He graduated from Annapolis High School.
He registered for the WWII draft on 16 June 1942, employed by Engineering Experiment Station, resided at 92 Market St., Annapolis, MD, and described himself as 5’11”, 163 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He noted that he had a scar on his upper lip, on the left side. He enlisted in the USAAF in Baltimore, Maryland, on 27 August 1942. He was trained as an armorer and gunner, responsible for maintenance of all weapons on the B-24, except bombs. He earned his crewman wings and was sent overseas through India to China. On 20 May 1944 a B-24J, # 42-73430, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Yankai, China, departed the airfield at Luichow, China, on a sea sweep combat mission. It was lost due to enemy anti-aircraft fire as it was attacking an enemy convoy in the South China Sea. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
His father, born 3 October 1876, served in U.S. Navy during WWI, Chief Yeoman, U.S.S. Maine and the U.S.S. Dixie, from 19 May 1917 and was still active duty 1 January 1920. He was awarded, in addition to U.S. awards, the Order of St. Sava (Serbian award).
His brother, Robert T. Coughlin, born 25 February 1915, served in the U.S. Navy from 24 September 1941 to 27 September 1945, Machinist 1st class, # 6020128, on the U.S.S. Protector (ARS-14) in Finger Bay, Adak (Aleutian Islands), Alaska. He died 18 October 2000 and is buried in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville, Maryland.
His brother, Edmond Coughlin, born 24 June 1924, served in the U.S. Army, Staff Sergeant, from 16 January 1943 to 13 March 1946. He died 8 April 2003 and is buried in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Dundalk, Maryland.