Coles, William John, CMSgt

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Last Rank
Chief Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
60790-Aircraft Loadmaster Superintendent
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1971-1971, 60790, 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron
Service Years
1942 - 1971
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Chief Master Sergeant

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Contact Info
Home Town
Etna, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
Last Address
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Date of Passing
Dec 17, 1997
Location of Interment
Blanding City Cemetery - Blanding, Utah
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Air Training Command Master Instructor (post-1967) Air Training Command Master Instructor (pre-1966) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

Armament Specialist Communications Specialist

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Post 2147, James King  Jr. PostChapter 41Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)AFSA 1054
Blanding Veterans Memorial
  1948, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 2147, James King Jr. Post (Wichita Falls, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1971, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 41 (Wichita Falls, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1971, Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1973, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), AFSA 1054 (Sheppard AFB, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2012, Blanding Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Died Dec 17, 1997 - Salt Lake City, UT; buried Blanding, UT
Other Comments:

William Coles attained the following ranks: Aviation Cadet - 2 Mar 1943; Aviation Cadet (Sergeant) - 10 May 1943; Private - 23 Jun 1943; PFC - 13 Jul 1943; Corporal - 21 Feb 1944; Sergeant - 29 Jul 1944; Staff Sergeant - 28 Aug 1944;Tech Sergeant - 1 Jan 1945; Master Sergeant - 1 Apr 1952; Senior Master Sergeant - 1 Mar 1961; Chief Master Sergeant - 1 Apr 1964

William Coles was a crew member on the following aircraft: A-26, AC-130E, AT-6, B-17 (E, F, G), B-24D, B-25, B-26, B-29, B-32, B-36, B-47, B-50, C-7, C-45, C-46, C-47, C-47A, C-54 (D, G), C-74, C-118, C-119 (C, CF, F, G, J), C-121, C-122, C-123B, C-124, C-130 (A, B, E), C-133 (A, B), C-141, CL-44, H-21, HH-53, KB-50, KC-97 (E, F, G), KC-135, L-20, O-5, O-19, PT-17, T-29, XC-99

William Coles served in the following military units:

Enlisted Reserve Unit - 28 Aug 1942-3 Mar 1943

Nashville AAFCC, Nashville, TN Mar-Apr 1943

Maxwell Field, AL - Pre-Flight (pilot) - May-Jun 1943

Camden, SC - Primary Flight (pilot) - Jun-Jul 1943

Sioux Falls, SD - Radio Operator & Mechanic Jul-Dec 1943

Yuma AAF, Yuma, AZ - 306th SEFTG (Aerial Gunnery) - Dec 1943-Feb 1944

Rapid City, SD - R.T.U. - Feb-May 1944

Kimbolton RAF, England - APO 557, 524th Bombardment Squadron [Jul 1944]; 379th Bombardment Group (H) - Aug 1944-Jan 1945

Laredo AAF, Laredo, TX - Central School for Flexible Gunnery; 524th Bombardment Squadron - Mar-Sep 1945

USAF Reserve - 18 Jan 1949-1 Apr 1952 [Called to Active Duty - 11 Feb 1951]

Lowry AFB, Denver, CO - 3415th Technical Training Wing; 3415th Aircraft Gunnery Group; 3435th Training Squadron (NCOIC B-29 Gunnery Training; Academic Section) - Apr 1951 to Dec 1953 (TDY - NE: Offutt AFB; TX: Kelly AFB, Matagorda Island, Port O'Connor)

Donaldson AFB, Greenville, SC - Fourth Aerial Port Operations Squadron, (TAC) - Jan 1954-May 1954 (TDY - SC: Charleston AFB)

Chateauroux AB, France - APO 10, Fourth Aerial Port Operations Sq, TAC (NCOIC Operations and Training Section; Transportation Services; Combat Operations) - May 1954-May 1957 (TDY - Algeria; Denmark: Copenhagen; England: Fairford AB, Lyneham RAF, Old Sarum RAF, Salisbury, Wiltshire RAF; France: Deols AB, Dreux-Senonches, Evreux-Fauville AB, Paris, Toul Rosiere AB; French Morocco: Nouasseur AFLD; Germany: Aschaffenburg, Bitburg AB, Hahn AB, Landstuhl AB, Ramstein AFB, Rhein-Main AB, Wiesbaden AB; Greece: Athens; Italy: Brindisi, Rome; Libya: Wheelus AFLD [Tripoli]; Portugal; Spain: Madrid; Turkey; Yugoslavia)

Chanute AFB, Rantoul, IL - 3499th Mobile Training Wing; 3493rd Field Training Squadron; 3497th Mobile Training Squadron - Jun 1957-Aug 1957 (TDY - OR: Portland; WA: Seattle)

Sewart AFB, Smyrna, TN - [Detached from Chanute] 304th Field Training Detachment; C130-2 Mobile Training Detachment; 2nd Aerial Port Sq - Aug 1957-Aug 1958 (TDY - CA: McClellan AFB; CO: Lowry AFB; GA: Robins AFB; KY: Campbell AFB; NC: Pope AFB, Seymour-Johnson AFB; TX: Foster AFB; UT: Hill AFB; WA: Larson AFB)

MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL - [Detached from Chanute] 311 Field Training Detachment; 306th Air Refueling Sq (SAC) - Aug 1958-Jul 1959 (TDY - GA: Hunter AFB)

Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX - Sheppard Technical Training Center (ATC) - 3764th School Squadron; 3772nd Sq - Jul 1959-Oct 1961 (TDY - AZ: Douglas, Phoenix; CA: Beale AFB, Castle AFB, Long Beach AFB, March AFB, McClellan AFB, Ontario International Airport, Travis AFB; FL: McCoy AFB, Tyndall AFB; GA: Hunter AFB, Moody AFB; HI: Hickam AFB; IL: Chanute AFB, O'Hare International, Scott AFB; IN: Bunker Hill AFB; KS: McConnell AFB; MI: Kinchloe AFB, MO: Malden AB, Richards-Gebaur AFB; NC: Douglas Municipal Airport, Pope AFB; NE: Lincoln AFB; NM: Kirtland AFB; NV: Nellis AFB; SC: Charleston AFB, Donaldson AFB; TX: Amarillo AFB, Carswell AFB, Connally AFB, Dyess AFB, Ellington AFB, Kelly AFB, Randolph AFB, Reese AFB; UT: Hill AFB, Salt Lake City; VA: Langley AFB; WA: McChord AFB, Paine AFB, SEA-TAC International Airport; WI: Truax Field *** Japan: Tachikawa AB; Midway Island; Okinawa: Kadena AB; Wake Island).

Chateauroux AS, France - APO 10, 1616th Support Squadron (MATS) - Nov 1961-Jul 1962 (TDY - Germany: Rhein- Main; Evreux-Fauville AB, France - APO 253, 5th Aerial Port Squadron, 322nd Air Division; 317 Combat Support Group - Jul 1962-Aug 1963 (TDY - DC: Washington; TX: Kelly AFB, Sheppard AFB *** France: Chateauroux AS; Germany: Berlin, Wiesbaden; India: Palam AF [New Delhi]; Italy: Aviano; Libya; Pakistan; Saudi Arabia; Turkey: Adana).

Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, TX - 3769th School Squadron; 3750th Technical School; 3773rd School Squadron; 3782nd Instructors Squadron (ATC) - Aug 1963-Apr 1971 (TDY - AZ: Davis-Monthan, Williams AFB; CA: Alameda NAS, Beale AFB, George AFB, Hamilton AFB, Los Alamitos NAS, Los Angeles International, Mather AFB, McClellan AFB, Norton AFB, Ontario International Airport, Travis AFB; CO: Buckley ANG; CT: Bradley Field; DE: Dover AFB; FL: Homestead AFB, Pensacola NAS; GA: Hunter AFB, Moody AFB, Robins AFB, Turner AFB; HI: Hickam AFB; ID: Mountain Home; IL: Chanute AFB; IN: Grissom AFB; KS: Boeing-Wichita; MA: Logan Airport - Boston; MD: Andrews AFB; ME: Loring AFB; MS: Keesler AFB; ND: Minot AFB; NE: Offutt AFB; NJ: Atlantic City Airport, McGuire AFB; NM: Cannon AFB, Kirtland AFB; NV: Stead AFB; NY: New York NAS, Niagara Falls Municipal Airport, Stewart AFB; OH: Clinton Co. AFB, Lockbourne AFB, Patterson AFB; OK: Tinker AFB; SC: Charleston AFB, Shaw AFB; TX: Bergstrom AFB, Carswell AFB, Kelly AFB, Randolph AFB, Reese AFB, Webb AFB; UT: Hill AFB; VA: Langley AFB; WA: McChord AFB *** Japan: Yokota AB; Philippines: Clark AB; Vietnam: DaNang AB; Wake Island).

Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville, AR - 64th Tactical Airlift Training Wing; 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron (TAC) - Apr 1971-Aug 1971.

Spouse: Margaret Arminta (Peggy) Shea
Parents: William John Coles & Irene Barbara Schneider (Snyder)

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Formal Schools and Training Courses526th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy525th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy - Bulldogs527th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
8th Air Force379th Bombardment Group, Heavy524th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyAir Base Units
Technical Training Center (Cadre) Lowry AFB4th Aerial Port SquadronUS Air Force2nd Aerial Port Squadron
306th Air Refueling Squadron, MediumSheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFBSupport Units5th Aerial Port Squadron
61st Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1943-1943, Southeast Training Center (USAAF)
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 757, 526th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 757, 525th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy - Bulldogs
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 757, 527th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1944-1945, 8th Air Force
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 757, 379th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1944-1945, AAF MOS 757, 524th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1949-1950, AAF MOS 938, 2nd Army Air Force Base Unit
  1951-1953, 75170, 3415th Technical School (Cadre), Technical Training Center (Cadre) Lowry AFB
  1954-1954, 60173, 4th Aerial Port Squadron
  1954-1957, 60173, 4th Aerial Port Squadron
  1957-1957, 60173, 3499th Mobile Training Wing (Staff)
  1957-1958, 60173, Detachment 1, 2nd Aerial Port Squadron
  1958-1959, 60173, 306th Air Refueling Squadron, Medium
  1959-1961, 60790, Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB
  1961-1962, 60790, 1616th Support Squadron
  1962-1963, 60790, 5th Aerial Port Squadron
  1963-1971, 60790, Sheppard Technical Training Center (Staff/Cadre) - Sheppard AFB
  1971-1971, 60790, 61st Tactical Airlift Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1960-1960 Operation New Tape (Congo)
  1961-1965 Vietnam War
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
  1966-1967 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Midwestern State University
  1971-1978, Midwestern State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
PT-17 Kaydet  AT-6 Texan  B-24 Liberator  B-25 Mitchell  
B-17 Flying Fortress  B-32 Dominator  B-26 Marauder  B-29 Superfortress  
C-121 Constellation  T-29 Flying Classroom  B-36 Peacemaker  B-50 Superfortress  
B-47 Stratojet  XC-99 Cargo Aircraft  C-45 Expeditor  C-74 Globemaster  
C-119 Flying Boxcar  C-118 Liftmaster  C-124 Globemaster II  C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
C-123 Provider  C-54 Skymaster  KB-50 Superfortress  C-130 Hercules  
KC-97 Stratotanker  KC-135 Stratotanker  C-133 Cargomaster II  C-46 Commando  
C-7 Caribou  C-141 Starlifter  HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)  AC-130A Gunship  
  1943-1943, PT-17 Kaydet
  1943-1943, AT-6 Texan
  1944-1944, B-24 Liberator
  1944-1944, B-25 Mitchell
  1944-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
  1945-1945, B-32 Dominator
  1951-1951, B-26 Marauder
  1951-1953, B-29 Superfortress
  1951-1953, C-121 Constellation
  1951-1953, T-29 Flying Classroom
  1952-1952, B-36 Peacemaker
  1952-1952, B-50 Superfortress
  1953-1953, B-47 Stratojet
  1953-1953, XC-99 Cargo Aircraft
  1953-1954, C-45 Expeditor
  1953-1954, C-74 Globemaster
  1953-1957, C-119 Flying Boxcar
  1954-1956, C-118 Liftmaster
  1956-1961, C-124 Globemaster II
  1956-1965, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
  1956-1967, C-123 Provider
  1956-1969, C-54 Skymaster
  1957-1958, KB-50 Superfortress
  1957-1971, C-130 Hercules
  1958-1959, KC-97 Stratotanker
  1959-1964, KC-135 Stratotanker
  1960-1961, C-133 Cargomaster II
  1962-1963, C-46 Commando
  1966-1967, C-7 Caribou
  1968-1968, C-141 Starlifter
  1968-1969, HH-53 Sikorsky (Super Jolly Green Giant)
  1969-1969, AC-130A Gunship
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