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Wm. C Coursen, 321st Bomb Group WWII MTO

North Africa /Italy

Bill Coursen was 94 years-young in March, 2013.
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T/Sgt William C "BILL" Coursen was an original in the WWII General Bob Knapp's (now famous) Flight over the Atlantic with B-25 Mitchells in a single mass without loss".  leaving from Morrison Field Fla. 12 Feb.1943 and flying the Southern Route "HOP" to Africa.

12 Feb 1943, SNAFU #41-12930 was one of the ships in the Knapp Flight Over. page 22, Bill flew Over in the Engineer's Position.  http://57thbombwing.com/321stHistory/321_BG_1943-02.pdf

Bill's 1st Combat Mission, 16 Mar. 1943 to Ain Ghrasesia, N Africa. in the SNAFU, He is an Engineer.

Bill was so excellent at the Engineering Mechanics of the B-25 that he was promoted to Crew Chief in the 447th Bomb Squadron.  He received a BRONZE STAR for Excellence.

21 May, 2006 Barbi to Terry;   Hi Terry, just checking in.  I am making progress, I have a question,  please,  Ed came back with 2 gold coins, from his survival pack.  Walter Cantrell sold his in Africa,  and Bernie Quilty still has his.  Would you ask your Dad if he remembers ?  Hoping all is well,  I check-out your site now and then for new photo's of the kids !  Blessings,  Barbara 23 May, 2006 from Bill's proud son Terry to Barbi Ennis Connolly;   Dad said they received the survival pack before they left for Africa.  Dad had 1 gold coin. He said it was a small gold coin, but could not remember how many francs it was.  He said it was worth $13.00 in American money. In Tunis, there was a Jeweler who was buying them. Dad sold his for $72.00. He couldn't remember, but thought he used the money to buy candy & some other things. He said it was hard to get candy.

321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squad HISTORY

Trip over: "Gen Bob Knapp's [now famous] Flight across the Atlantic in a single mass with out loss/ Southern Route"

  A/C No.  41-12930 “SNAFU” P Brinkley, Hamilton M., 1Lt CP Brinkley, Wilton R., 2Lt N Hartis, John G., 2Lt B N/A E Coursen, William C., T/Sgt R Stanton, James E. “Jim”, T/Sgt G Gouvin, Henry J., S/Sgt F N/A

 16 Mar 43:

  A/C No.   41-12930 “SNAFU” P Brinkley, Hamilton M., 1Lt CP

Brinkley, Wilton R., 2Lt

N Hartis, John G., 2Lt B None listed – likely the navigator E Coursen, William C., T/Sgt R

Stanton, James E. “Jim”, T/Sgt G Gouvin, Henry J., S/Sgt F None

28 Dec 43 - 447th BS War Diary:  About 8:30 this morning one of the tents in the area literally went down in flames.  The fire was started by the wind blowing sparks from a near-by trash pile against the tent.  The tent itself was a complete loss as well as the greater part of the personal equipment within.  The members of the tent, none of whom were at home when the fire broke out, were:  T/Sgt. Bruns, T/Sgt. Coursen, T/Sgt. Nieman, S/Sgt. Brandt, and Cpl. Holland.  All the personal possessions of Cpl. Holland, who was in the hospital at the time, were totally burned.  The following left for rest camp at Capri:  1st Lts. E.P. Mayben, R.P. Dunn, H.W. Stephenson, S/Sgts. W.P. Franklin, N.J. Batteiger, R.R. Fiorello, E.C. Ennis, and Sgt. A. Zacharya. 

Batteiger, Norman J., S/Sgt, gunner               Brandt, George F., S/Sgt, engineering

Bruns, Robert E., T/Sgt, engineering             

*** Coursen, William C.  T/SgtC.  T/Sgt,  engineer-  ******** 

Dunn, Robert P., 2Lt, pilot                             Ennis, Edward C., T/Sgt, radio-gunner

Fiorello, Thomas R., S/Sgt, gunner                 Franklin, Willie P., S/Sgt, bombardier, gunner

Holland, Patrick H., Cpl, engineering            Mayben, Ernest P., Jr., 1Lt, bombardier

Niemann, Harry C., T/Sgt, engineering           

 Stephenson, Henry W. “Steve”, 1Lt, pilot

Zacharya, Andrew, S/Sgt, gunner

  PLEASE see Bill telling his own "War Story"...

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhHoJAmXFos

He is best known as Crew Chief for Wiginton and the Paper Doll :)
http://57thbombwing.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=8113  BillCoursen, Gallery-Album in the 57th Bomb Wing!  MTO - WWII

Barbi Ennis Coonnolly  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com  321st BG Historian

 

 

Wm "Bill" Coursen's Family (Gr-Gr-Grandson)

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25 Nov. 2009;  Bill's son Terry to Barbi;

JOSHUA & KAMI  HAD A BABY BOY THIS MORNING. AFTER GIVING KAMI MEDICINE FOR 2 NIGHTS, TRYING TO INDUCE LABOR, KAMI TOLD THE DOCTOR THIS MORNING, TO GO AHEAD AND DO A C-SECTION. EVERYONE IS DOING FINE. JOSHUA , ACCIDENTALLY STOOD UP AND LOOKED WHEN THEY OPENED HER UP , OR AFTER THEY HAD TAKEN THE BABY, AND PASSED OUT. LOL.  HE IS OKAY, THOUGH.   NAME: BABY COURSEN SO FAR.   WEIGHT: 8 1/2 POUNDS.   LENGTH: 23 INCHES.  HEALTHY BABY.  KAMI SEEMS TO BE DOING FINE. OUR DAUGHTER , TRICIA IS THERE KEEPING GRANDMA'S CALM. HA!   AND PAPA IS AT HERE AT HOME, WITH A BOUT OF VERTIGO.  GOOD GRIEF.  JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW.  TAKE CARE.  TC

Kami Coursen's photo's of Bill's Great-Great-GrandSon CARTER.

It's official...Carter is walking this week:)  It's so cute, but also sad that this first year is flying by too quickly.  I have attempted to enjoy every moment, though.  He's still wobbly, but that makes it all the more cute.  He put Gavin's duck suit on the other day, and walking in it seemed to go better than in his own clothes.

He makes a lot of cute faces.  For the most part, his favorite expression is his smile, as long as he's not too tired.  He's started to make this face like he's getting ready to either cry or say something...but then just smiles; it's pretty funny.

He plays a game with his dad...he gets inside his Baby Einstein tunnel and sits up and waits for Josh to go looking in the two ends.  Oh how he laughs and carries on when Josh "discovers" him!

We joined the Hovis, Ward & Couren's for Harrisville trick-or-treating last night...Carter had his choice of costumes, but with the chilly temps we opted for the warm and fuzzy Pooh Bear.  However, Josh and I felt just a bit awkward holding out a bag for treats, when Carter wont be eating any of it...we had our first OVERT situation of "USING" Carter!!!!  Aunt Bette Gail sent a halloween treat box over with Darlene for Carter...Josh & I enjoyed it thoroughly!  

We are actively planning his 1st Birthday party, now....crazy to think that on Thanksgiving Day our little baby will be a year old!!!!

William Clinton Coursen 1919-2013

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William C. Coursen February 13, 1919 - August 3, 2013   William was born on February 13, 1919 and passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

William was a resident of Harrisville, Pennsylvania.  

    William Clinton Coursen, 94, of 137 Walnut Street, Barkeyville, PA, was surrounded by his family as he passed from life on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Grove City Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born February 13, 1919 in Butler County, the son of Clinton F. Coursen and Carrie M. McFadden Coursen. On November 15, 1946 he married the love of his life Della Grace Krizon, and they enjoyed nearly 67 years of marriage. Della survives. William and Della were the parents of three children, and grandparents to seven grandchildren and 11 great grand children.

       William served in the United States Army Air Corps for four and a half years, where he was a Crew Chief and Flight Engineer on a B-25 Bomber, the Paper Doll. He served in North Africa, Italy, Corsica, and Egypt during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in direct support of combat operations in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations between January, 1943 and January, 1944. He was home only one day in four and half years.         William was a graduate of Clintonville High School and worked and retired from Cooper Bessemer in Grove City after 36 years of employment. William was the oldest living member of the Barkeyville Church of God, with more than 65 years of membership. He attended faithfully, serving as church treasurer and Trustee for many years. The church, his steadfast faith, and his family were the center of his life. William was a fan of Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers. He took great pride in his lawn and garden. He enjoyed growing vegetable for the family and particularly enjoyed seeing spring and summer flowers. He also enjoyed reading until his impaired sight prevented it. He loved animals and , in recent years, Bogie, Sydney,Cooper and Gracie brought him many moments of joy as they awaited their dog biscuits from "Grandpa"       In addition to his wife, William is survived by two sons, William D. and his wife Carol and Terence A. and his wife Darlene a daughter Sherry L. Surrena and her husband Harold. Also surviving are seven grandchildren, William D. Coursen Jr. and his wife Angie; Dr. Stephanie Coursen and her husband Dr. Curtis Bannister, Liza A. Hovis and her husband Matthew, Tracey S. Surrena, Chad E. Surrena and his wife Anastasi, Tricia M. Ward and her husband Jeffrey, Joshua C. Coursen and his wife Kami.        He is also survived by 11 great grand children Mickey Coursen, Mint Coursen, Olivia Bannister, Basil Bannister, Fina Bannister, Alyas Hovis, Ivy Hovis, Lance Ward, Clinton Alan Ward, Carter William Coursen and Cooper Coursen. One brother also survives Paul W. Coursen of New Bern North Carolina. In addition to his parents William was preceded in death by four brothers, Richard E. Coursen, James D. Coursen, Jack D. Coursen and Donald M. Coursen and three sisters Lois Martha Sterner, Helen J. Hanna and Donna L. Coursen.       A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Barkeyville Church of God with the Reverend Dale Yommer officiating.       William will be missed by his loving family and legend of friends. Following the burial in the Barkeyville Cemetery on Wednesday August 7, a time of to celebrate William's life and to reminisce will be held at the Barkeyville Church of God.   Bill will be greatly missed, he was an outstanding example of America's FINEST!  Blessings, Barbi Enniss Connolly, 321st Boomb Group Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing.  PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com

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