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153 sqaudron RAF

153 sqaudron RAF
Author: manumercer
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20:13:40 Saturday, July 21, 2007
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HI there would anyone have any information on a JOHN BRACKEN COFFEY. I no he was shot down 6 april 1945 over KATTEGAT between denmark and sweden.I think he was a cousin of my grandfather Thomas coffey. I dont no if he was ever found i would be grateful for any information. Reguards, Gary


RE: 153 sqaudron RAF
Author: Amrit
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21:18:44 Saturday, July 21, 2007
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Hi Gary,

have you had a look at his CWGC entry:

Name: COFFEY, JOHN BRACKEN

Rank: Flight Sergeant

Unit Text: 153 Sqdn.

Age: 27

Date of Death: 05/04/1945

Service No: 1062192

Additional information: Son of John and Lily Coffey; husband of Edith Sybil Coffey, of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 270.

Memorial: RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL


RE: 153 sqaudron RAF
Author: gary (Guest)
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21:25:55 Saturday, July 21, 2007
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Thanks alot for that , but ive tryed that ive just recieved a book called the chaplains wars by bill coffey who was his brother. I will see if theres ant thing in it THANK YOU REGUARDS GARY


RE: 153 sqaudron RAF
Author: Dick
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21:21:48 Saturday, July 21, 2007
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Hi Gary

John Coffey was actually lost on a minelaying operation as the W/Operator on Lancaster NX 563, Sqn Code P4-R. The A/C is reported as lost without trace so all 7 of the crew are commemorated on the RAF Memorial at Runnymede.It doesn't say where they were laying mines, but that late in the war there were very few places left that needed it, so the Kattegat is a very likely place. The brief details come from "Bomber Command Losses" Vol 6.If you try http://freespace.virgin.net/onefivethree.squadron it will give you the 153 Sqn Association Site where they mention the S Kattegat as the target area

Regards

Dick


RE: 153 sqaudron RAF
Author: information (Guest)
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09:37:02 Sunday, July 22, 2007
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Hi dick i found his mother and fathers grave down in enniskillen last week. Dick do you no if they flew many raids before hand. Reguards Gary


RE: 153 sqaudron RAF
Author: Dick
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18:34:31 Sunday, July 22, 2007
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Hi

My only source of information would be the website that I posted for 153 Sqn. There are many pages and some may give that info. The one thing that did come out was that the Kattegat was regarded as a difficult area to lay mines and late in the war they used only experienced crews,the other 153 Sqn A/C lost on the same operation was flown by the Sqn C O. The site may give some idea of how many each crew had flown

Regards

Dick


RE: 153 sqaudron RAF
Author: information (Guest)
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18:59:45 Sunday, July 22, 2007
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OK thanks very much dick Reguards Gary