New England Air Museum
Neil F. Coleman


Recent Address:

734 Cortez Avenue, Lady Lake, FL 32159



Family Information:

Wife: Julia


Sherman, NY

Date Entered Service:

February 10, 1943

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Pratt, KS (October, 1943)

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, WWII Victory Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 3 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force NCO Academy Graduation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal with 5 Bronze KLBS, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Air Force Commendation Medal

Service Schools Attended:

Armament -- Small Arms April 1943; Armament -- Machine Gun April 1943; Central Fire Control, B-29 May 1943

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 580-Remote Control Turret Gunner (CFC), Air Operations Supervision

Rank Upon Discharge:

T/Sgt (1945) / M/Sgt (1968)

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

42-63527 Devilish Snooks

Were you a POW?


Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

August 1, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

October 31, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:

Recalled 7/51, B-50 Gunner, '53 SAC Control Room, Hunter AFB; 1/56 to 54th AWS, Guam; 7/58 to Eglin AFB, FL; 11/62 to Edwards AFB; 12/65 to 6th MAS, Hickam AFB, Hawaii; retired 22 years in 10/68.

Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Tool Designer with General Electric; Bowling Lane Owner (recalled) 1969, Bowling Prop., Sales, Bookkeeping, Sales -- retired 1980.

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Learned many things, met many great people which influenced my life.


Author of "Devilish Snooks: B-29 Saga of C.B.I. and Pacific Theaters." It contains items few knew about.


Neil F. Coleman


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