Charles William Coomer

by Charles Coomer
(Acwoth, Ga)

My Grandfather was a true "Real Mechanic" and part time gunner on a B-24 with the 376th bomb group. He was shot down on his 46th mission in WWII (he did two tours of duty 25 missions each) He survived the war returned to Nashville. Tn. and raised his family. His grandson is a retired Colonel in USAF David Bruce Coomer, my brother.

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May 22, 2020
Test Flight
by: Stuart Young

Sorry, not your father, but your grandfather. I just became a grandfather myself a couple years ago, so wanted to make sure to give your grandfather the standing "O."

May 22, 2020
Test Flight
by: Anonymous

My father, Radioman Alfred W. Young, went on a test flight with your father's pilot, Pelzman, a few days after my father's whole crew was shot down after bombing the Moosbierbaum Oil Refinery. My father had switched to a different ship and had made it back to San Pan ok. Pelzman and his crew had been sent to Capri for some R&R after clipping the stove pipe off of the squadron ops building and the test flight I guess was for him and my dad. My dad said it was an exciting ride and buzz job over Italian fishing boats and villagers. My dad missed out going to Capri, but he did get to Rome. He also decided to get back to his radio operator/gunner job after being convinced by Pelzman that flying was what he wanted to do. They were all great examples of the Greatest Generation.

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My Trip to San Pancrazio

October 2019


NOTE change in month !!!

DATES: Oct 26-29, 2023

CITY:Tucson, AZ

HOTEL: Double Tree Suites Airport hotel

7051 South Tucson Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85756


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previous reunions

For Sale

The Other Doolittle Raid

The Broken Wings of Zlatibor

The Liberandos

Three Crawford Brothers

Liberando: Reflections of a Reluctant Warrior

376th Bomb Group Mission History

The Last Liberator

Full Circle

Shadows of Wings

Ten Men, A "Flying Boxcar," and A War

I Survived Ploesti

A Measure of Life

Shot Down In Yugoslavia

Stories of My Life


Born in Battle

Bombardier's Diary

Lost Airmen

Langdon Liberando