Friends of the Somme - Mid Ulster Branch  
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31/01/2020 Sergeant Ian Ashley BIRRELL (1823774)
31/01/2020 John Bracken Coffey was the second son of John and Martha ‘Lily’ Coffey. John Coffey and Martha Bracken were married on 10th June 1914 in the district of Fermanagh.
31/01/2020 John Bracken Coffey was born on 24th October 1917. All three children were born in Belfast.
31/01/2020 Known family: John Coffey, Martha ‘Lily’ Coffey, William Coffey (born 15th March 1915), Norah Coffey (born 20th July 1916), John Bracken Coffey (born 24th October 1917).
31/01/2020 It is claimed that his mother, Martha Bracken, was a direct descendent of Thomas Bracken, an Ulsterman who wrote the New Zealand National Anthem back in the 1830's.
31/01/2020 John Bracken Coffey served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in World War Two.
31/01/2020 Flight Sergeant John Coffey was serving with 153 Squadron, when his Lancaster bomber (Serial No. NX-563) was engaged in a mine laying operation in the Kattegat region, between Denmark and Sweden on 6th April 1945.
31/01/2020 According to International Bomber Command, Flight Sergeant Coffey was the Wireless Operator on the mission when it was shot down by a night fighter. All seven of the crew were lost without trace The crew were:
31/01/2020 The CWGC record Flight Sergeant John Bracken Coffey as the son of John and Lily Coffey. He is also recorded as the husband of Edith Sybil Coffey of Dungannon, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
31/01/2020 Flying Officer Arthur Samuel BLAKE (54690)
31/01/2020 Flight Sergeant John Bracken COFFEY (1062192)
31/01/2020 Flying Officer Edward Owen GRIFFITH (159139)
31/01/2020 Sergeant George Edward THOMSON (1825993)
31/01/2020 Flying Officer Leonard Carlisle TURNER (160755)
31/01/2020 Flight Lieutenant Arthur Joseph WINDER (64893)
31/01/2020 Flight Sergeant John Bracken Coffey has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel 270 of the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey.
31/01/2020 It is reported that John Coffey’s brother, William Coffey, served with the Royal Navy.
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