Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
Remembering World War II Gerald Philip Coughlin Royal Canadian Air Force
Gerald Philip Coughlin Pilot Officer J/95336 434 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force January 10, 1924 (Actual 1926) Port Arthur, Ontario December 9, 1942 Winnipeg, Manitoba Port Arthur, Ontario 18 (Actual age 16) 5 feet, 6½ inches Ruddy Green Brown Single Labourer (Sheet Metal) Roman Catholic Emma Mildred Coughlin (Mother) Port Arthur, Ontario December 6, 1944 18 Runnymede Memorial, Surrey, United Kingdom Panel 249.
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Pilot Officer Gerald Philip Coughlin trained in Canada between December 9, 1942 and March 30, 1944. He went overseas disembarking in the United Kingdom on April 7, 1944. On October 2, 1944 he joined 434 RCAF Squadron at RAF Croft located 4.6 miles (7.4 km) south of Darlington, County Durham, England, Aircraft Halifax NR 143 of 434 RCAF Squadron with a crew of seven, including Pilot Officer Coughlin serving as air gunner, failed to return from air operations against Soest, Germany on the night of December 6, 1944. The aircraft crashed at sea near Pas de Calais with the loss of all members of the crew.