The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast. Bad fuel lead # 3 tank. Engine # 3 on fire. 9,000’ altitude; 2305 – heading for 21° 45’ N & 108° 00’ E, intending to bail out there; 2310 – trying to make it to “Darkhorse;” 2320 – heading for 21° 10’ N & 107° 30’ E, intending to bail out there. 1stLt William H. Stafford, navigator, was the sole survivor and returned to duty 5 March 1945. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

 

His brother, James F. Demers, born 30 April 1930, enlisted in the New York National Guard on 7 August 1947, 105th Infantry Regiment, Company D, and honorably separated 17 February 1949.

COFFARO, ANTHONY J., Staff Sergeant, # 12207857, USAAF

 

Anthony J. Coffaro was born on 8 June 1923 in Rochester, Monroe Co., New York, to George Coffaro (1901-1959) and Caroline (Serianni) Coffaro (1906-    ) (married 27 December 1922, Monroe Co., NY). Siblings were Marie Coffaro (1932-    ) and Georgianna Mary (Coffaro) Teaford (1930-2003).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Rochester, New Yor, on 12 November 1942. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 February 1945 a B-24L, # 44-41448, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Luliang, China, departed on a night mission to bomb shipping in the Tonkin Gulf, French Indochina. Last radio contact was at 2320 Zulu, that the B-24L was heading for coordinates 21° 10’ North and 107° 30’ East and intended to bail out there. Last position was off Tien-Yen, French Indochina, near Ka-Bao Island. The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast. Bad fuel lead # 3 tank. Engine # 3 on fire. 9,000’ altitude; 2305 – heading for 21° 45’ N & 108° 00’ E, intending to bail out there; 2310 – trying to make it to “Darkhorse;” 2320 – heading for 21° 10’ N & 107° 30’ E, intending to bail out there. 1stLt William H. Stafford, navigator, was the sole survivor and returned to duty 5 March 1945. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines.

HILL, LEWIS NATHANIEL, Technical Sergeant, # 39300321, USAAF

 

Lewis N. Hill was born on 14 September 1920 on Summit Co., Oregon, to William Odus Hill (1880-1949) (Arnold, Custer Co., NE) and Eva Penelope (Kimberling) Hill (1886-1944) (NE) (married 1 October 1911, Chehallis, WA). Siblings were Odus F. Hill (1914-1969), Virginia V. (Hill) Inman (1912-1959), Ethelyn “Ettie” M. (Hill) Reeves (1916-1976), and Mary Wanda (Hill) Drury (1918-1979).

 

He registered for the WWII draft, employed by the Southern Railway, resided in Eugene, Lane Co., OR, and described himself as 5’10”, 135 lbs, with brown hair and eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF in Portland, Oregon, on 23 October 1942. He was trained to maintain and monitor the radar on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas through India to China. On 11 February 1945 a B-24L, # 44-41448, assigned to 14th Air Force, 308th Bomb Group, 373rd Bomb Squadron, Luliang, China, departed on a night mission to bomb shipping in the Tonkin Gulf, French Indochina. Last radio contact was at 2320 Zulu, that the B-24L was heading for coordinates 21° 10’ North and 107° 30’ East and intended to bail out there. Last position was off Tien-Yen, French Indochina, near Ka-Bao Island. The following radio messages were received: 2300 – 60 miles off coast.