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.