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.

Mr. Coleman passed away February 17th 2007 and is buried at Old Mission Cemetery in Wichita, KS


Neil F. Coleman


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