Simon Birch, on 22 February 2012 - 03:41 PM, said:
You can download his AIR 76 file here: http://www.nationala...1&resultcount=3
The only other thing I can tell you is he was flying RE8 No. B5147 and it was on the western front.
It may be worth sending a PM to Trevor Henshaw on this.
Hi Simon and Simon,
I was hoping that someone could tell me
! I don't think this a'c serial is right - I see it's given in Airmen Died, and I'd put a definite query beside it a few years back. This aircraft is definitely the one in which another 52 Sqn crew were killed the same day -
B5147 RE8 52Sqn
**BP left 5-05am MIA (2Lt CCA Beaumont KIA/2Lt F Whitehouse KIA) possibly seen with 5 EAs on tail neCRAONNE Δ(with a bit extra added to the TSTB entry, from AIR1/2195)
Unfortunately Lt Coffey hasn't turned up anywhere "in the air" in the usual sources. My conjecture is that he was killed by enemy shelling of his airfield that day - 52 Sqn got shelled out of their billets, and there were a few other casualties listed like this on the 27th, and there's a small blurb about this particular enemy atatck in TSTB.
Note also that he is down as an Equipment Officer in 1916 in Flight:
He may not have necessarily been an airman.
I'm hoping this is the answer.
All the best,