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Richard Hanson Bragdon

Military

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD).

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • Theodore Thurston

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), BS, GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Winston Tucker

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to Duty (RTD). Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), WWII Victory, EAME. Post war: Remained in USAF, Retiring as Lieutenant Colonel.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few

    Group
    The 92nd Group sometime after arrivial in the UK converted to the role of in-theater combat crew indocrination and training. For this role, the Group traded its B-17F complement and obtained the B-17E, mostly from the 97th BG which was departing for...

  • 327th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-30617 'Miss Billie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 29/6/43; Gore 30/6/43; Gr Isle 16/7/43; Dalhart 20/7/43; Gr Isle 26/7/43; Presque Is 2/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-N ] Alconbury 21/8/43; Missing in Action Watten 27/8/43 with Winston Tucker, Co-pilot: Carl Carlson, Navigator: Joe...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 87

    27 August 1943
    This mission is the first attack by the USAAF on suspected V-Weapon sites. The German development of pilotless winged aircraft was first divulged to the British just shortly after the beginning of World War II in two letters sent to the British embassy...

Associated Place

  • Alconbury

    Military site : airfield
    Alconbury had been constructed as a satellite airfield for RAF Upwood and Wyton and was used by RAF Squadrons: Nos. 15, 40 and 156. In preparation for the arrival of American heavy bombers, the base was developed in 1942 with the runways extended. When...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wilmington, DE 25 October 1920

Son of Helen S [Meyers] Bragdon.

Enlisted Wilmington, DE 12 March 1942
Based Alconbury 1943 – 1944

Assigned to 327BS, 92BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditched RTD North Sea 27 August 1943

Shot down 27-Aug-43 in B-17 42-30617. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to duty (RTD).

Died Winnetka, IL 3 March 2007
Buried Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery, Middletown, DE 7 March 2007

Old Saint Anne's Church Cemetery
Middletown,
New Castle County, DE

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2019 14:21:46 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/539062978
https://www.fold3.com/image/202004338?rec=202004445
https://www.fold3.com/record/83530652-richard-h-bragdon
https://www.fold3.com/record/22925960-richard-h-bragdon
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/92843861/richard-hanson-bragdon

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2019 14:19:46 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, unit associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/539062978
https://www.fold3.com/image/202004338?rec=202004445
https://www.fold3.com/record/83530652-richard-h-bragdon
https://www.fold3.com/record/22925960-richard-h-bragdon
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/92843861/richard-hanson-bragdon

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:36 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p.255

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