COFFMAN, J D
Name: J D COFFMAN
Born 24 May 1921
Birthplace: Tula, Mississippi
Age at arrival in Buchenwald: 23
Died 30 March 2005 in Mission Viejo, California, age 83
Service ID: O-693634
Service Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Air Group: 8th Air Force, 489th Bomb Group, 845th Bomb Squadron
Airbase: Station 365, Halesworth, Suffolk UK
Aircraft: B-24 43-95249
Date shot down: 25 June 1944
Fate of crew: 1 captured immediately, 7 evaded with FFI help but captured later (Coffman, CARR, CHESSHIR, FIX, MAUK, ALEXANDER, and PECUS)
Evasion summary: Sheltered in Lyon le Forêt by FFI, then moved repeatedly with crew.
Date captured: 5 August 1944
Capture summary: Betrayed by Desoubrie. Arrested with CARR, MAUK, and ALEXANDER. Shared 4th floor cell at Fresnes Prison with KINNIS, GRANBERY, and DAUTEUIL.
Boxcar Transport: 15-20 August 1944, in boxcar #1 or #2
Buchenwald ID: 78319
Notes on Buchenwald internment:
Transferred from Buchenwald to: Stalag Luft III, North Compound
Kriege ID: 8131
Notes on SLIII internment:
Subsequent transfer to: Stalag XIII-D, Nurnburg.
Notes on internment: Forced march 10 days to Stalag VIIA on 6 April 1945.
Liberation: 29 April 1945 by units of the 14th Armored Division from Patton’s Third Army.
Repatriation from ETO:
Notes on Post-War period: Book was written about his evasion and capture: Boots From Heaven, by Janet L Howard and Odile Lavandier, available from Amazon.com.