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George B. Coffill Second World War correspondence

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2018-025-w-r

Content Description

This collection contains correspondence of Capt. George B. Coffill, U.S. Army Air Corps, with his wife, Mary Coffill, children Richard and Susan, and his mother Ida Coffill during the Second World War. At the beginning of the correspondence Coffill writes about his travel from Portland to North Carolina and then to Italy. In camps and bases he writes about housing, food, weather, entertainments, fellow officers, little about his work as an intelligence officer, but comments often on family activities and concerns back home. Coffill turns 45 years old during his tour of duty and as such is older than most of the other men with whom he serves. His correspondence makes reference to his pre-war career in the "Narcotics Bureau." Capt. Coffill serves with the 49th Fighter Squadron, 14th Fighter Group and writes most of his correspondence from Triolo Field, near Foggia, Italy. -- Correspondence from Coffill's wife, Mary, and their children Richard and Susan, give insight on daily life on the homefront. Mary's letters especially detail her routine, housekeeping chores, food rationing, shopping and preparation, clothes shopping, and entertainments.


  • Majority of material found within 1944-1946

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

George Coffill died April 1957 in Reno, NV. Mary Coffill was born 1/27/1906, married George Coffill 12/27/1931 in Clay County Kansas, died 2/1/1987. -- 1940 Census information about George B. Coffill - -- Reno Gazett-Journal, Sept. 5, 1956 - Sue Coffill Becomes Bride At St. John's ... in an afternoon ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 26, was Miss Sue Coffill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Coffill, 765 Capitol Hill, who became the bride of A1C Gerald R. Bouck. USAF, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell II. Bouck of Corunna, Mich. The double-ring rite took place in St. John's Presbyterian church with the Rev. Richard Denton officiating. Family members and friends were in attendance, and the candle-lighted altar was decorated with arrangements of... THE TRADITIONAL wedding cake is cut by the newly-married couple during the reception which followed the double-ring rite held at St. John's Presbyterian church. The bride is the former Miss Sue Coffill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Coffill of Reno, and the bridegroom is A1C Gerald R. Bouck, stationed at Stead Air Force base near Reno as a survival training instructor, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lowell H. Bouck of Corunna, Mich. The reception took place in the Twentieth Century club house immediately following the ceremony.


1.8 Linear feet (33 folders)

Language of Materials



Correspondence between Capt. George B. Coffill, USAF, and his wife, children and mother during the Second World War.


This collection is arranged by material type, author and date. -- Series 1: Correspondence - George Coffill to Mary Coffill, 1944-12-07-1945-10-08 -- Series 2: Correspondence - Mary Coffill to George Coffill, 1944-12-06-1945-10-15 -- Series 3: Correspondence - Richard Coffill with George Coffill, 1944-12-1945-08 -- Series 4. Correspondence - Susan Coffill with George Coffill, 1944-12-1945-08 -- Series 5. Correspondence - Ida Coffill with George Coffill -- Series 6. Photographs, 1945 -- Series 7. Ephemera

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Daniel Bouck

Legal Status

Donor irrevocably transfers, conveys, and assigns to Chapman University all Intellectual Property Rights for the Donated Materials. For more information, consult original donation form.
Finding Aid for the George B. Coffill Second World War correspondence
Sharon Clairemont
March 22, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for American War Letters Archives Repository

Leatherby Libraries
Chapman University
Orange CA 92866 United States