Battle of Bulge-190th Field Artillery
Attempting to complete narrative history of my family in the settlement and development of our country includes several who served with distinction during WWII and a few who died while serving their country. One of these was Captain CARLL DEAN COFFMAN, born June 16, 1912 Olathe, CO who died December 3, 1945 while flying as observer pilot for the 190th Field Artillery Unit (unit of V Corp First Army)which had participated in continuous fighting across Normandy, France and Belgium. While flying in heavy weather trying to spot Nazi buildup for launching what became the Battle of the Bulge, his plane was attacked and shot down by several enemy fighters. Carll had completed over 100 missions against the enemy and had been awarded the Air Medal for completing 35 missions over enemy teritory. Following his death he was awared two additional Oakleaf Clusters, his fourth Purple Heart and a Silver Star for gallantry under enemy fire. He lies in the Henri Chappelle U.S. Military Cemetery.
Interested hearing from anyone who can provide insight info operation 190th Field Artillery and its role across France and Belgium and during those early December days 1944. Many many thanks. Bill [email protected]