COE, HOWARD THOMAS, First Lieutenant, # 0-740369, USAAF

 

Howard T. Coe was born on 21 September 1915 in South Dakota to Vance Ivan Coe (1881-1964) (NE) and (1) Rosetta “Zetta” (Fowler) Coe (1885-1915) (married Coe 1903) and (2) LaVange (Buckmaster) Coe nee Michael nee McCullough (married 1915) (1896-1979) (NE)  (her 1st marriage to Amos Benjamin Michael (1892-1931) on 23 June 1925. Siblings were Rita Rose (Coe) Asheim (1913-2002), Fanchion E. Coe (1921-1921), Patrick H. Coe (1926-1926), Beulah B. (Coe) Winfrey (1904-1975), Llyod Allen Coe (1906-1988), Floyd Edgar Coe (1908-1942), Blanche D. (Coe) Albrecht (1911-1992), Vance I. Coe Jr. (1918-1921), Leland Dale Michael (1926-1994). He was married to Wanda C. Coe, Del Paso Heights, California.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Meade, South Dakota,4 April 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent to India. On 19 October 1945 a B-25D, # 43-3669, assigned to 10th Air Force, 47th Depot Repair Group, 47th Depot Repair Squadron, Panagarh, India, departed on a search mission to overfly Cuttack, India. The aircraft crashed and all were killed. Upon recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rapid City, South Dakota.

 

His half-brother, Leland D. Michael, born 15 April 1926, served in the U.S. Army from 29 May 1944 to 30 April 1946. He died 24 October 1994 and is buried in the Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade Co., South Dakota.

SMART, ANSEL RICE, Corporal, # 11093814, USAAF

 

Ansel R. Smart was born on 17 June 1916 in Massachusetts to Harry Eli Smart (1876-1956) and Lena Mae (Rice) Smart (1892-1977). Siblings were Martha Frances (Smart) Hubbard (1919-2007), Ruth Evelyn (Smart) Gooch (1920-1999), Harry Curtis Smart (1927-1971), Eva M. (Smart) Gooch

(1928-    ). He married Virginia Lillian (Leisch) Cogswell nee Smart (1920-1979) on 10 April 1943 in Wilkes-Barre Co., Pennsylvania.

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (crew chief/engineer) on the B-25 Mitchell. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent to India. On 19 October 1945 a B-25D, # 43-3669, assigned to 10th Air Force, 47th Depot Repair Group, 47th Depot Repair Squadron, Panagarh, India, departed on a search mission to overfly Cuttack, India. The aircraft crashed and all were killed. Upon recovery from the American military airfield cemetery at Barrackpore, India, his remains were buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, West Acton, Massachusetts.

 

His brother, Harry C. Smart, born 29 January 1927, served in the U.S. Army, Sergeant First Class, in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He died 17 October 1971 and is buried in the Hampton National Cemetery, Hampyton, Virginia (Sec. F-1, Grave 7532-B).