He registered for the WWII draft on 30 June 1942, employed by the Ponds Extract Co., resided at 108 Humphrey St., Seymour, CT, and described himself as 6’, 150 lbs, with brown hair and gray eyes. He noted that he had a mole on his right cheek. He enlisted in the USAAF in Hartford, Connecticut, on 7 August 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 26 March 1945 a P-51D-6NT, # 44-111269, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 26th Fighter Squadron, Ankang, China, departed the airfield on a mission to strafe at Piyuan, China. The P-51 was seen to crash south of Nanyang, China. Near 33° 58’ North & 112° 23’ East. The pilot was 2ndLt Frederick H. Marshall, # 0-701778.  Lt. Cribbs saw Lt. Marshall’s P-51 streaming coolant; saw him jettison his canopy, but he did not bail out. The P-51 exploded on impact. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, Joseph F. Marshall, born 10 March 1922, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He died 15 January 1984 and was buried in the Great Hill Cemetery, Seymour, New Haven Co., Connecticut.

44-11271

 

On 25 July 1945 a P-51D-5 Mustang, # 44-11271, assigned to 14th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, Headquarters Squadron, Pungchacheng, China, detached to Sian, China, departed the airfield and was seen to crash at about 0740 Zulu 1 ½ miles southeast of Anyang. The pilot was Lt.Col. Fred H. Coleman Jr., # 0-23193.

 

COLEMAN, FRED HUGHES, JR., Lieutenant Colonel, # 0-23193, USAAF

 

Fred H. Coleman Jr. was born 9 September 1916 in New Jersey to Fred H. Coleman (1881-1966) and Helen (Morrehouse) Coleman (1889-1973). Siblings were John B. Coleman (1913-    ), Robert Moorehouse Coleman (1915-2004) and  

 

After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 25 July 1945 a P-51D-5, # 44-11271, assigned to 14th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, Headquarters Squadron, Pungchacheng, China, detached to Sian, China, departed the airfield and was seen to crash at about 0740 Zulu 1 ½ miles southeast of Anyang. After recovery, his remains were duried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, (Sec. B, Grave 744).

 

His brother, John B. Coleman, born 26 November 1913, served in the USAAF from 14 June 1938 then the USAF, retired Colonel 31 October 1967. He died 14 August 2008 and is interred in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia (Sec. 7-HH, Row 18, Site 2).