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Francis W Brodley

Military

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Awards: PH

Service

People

  • John Potschner

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 397th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR...

Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-96124 'Holy Moses'

    B-26 Marauder
    Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF. Departed base Perrone (A-72) on mission to Germany, climbing through 10/10 cloud layer departed formation. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny, partial bomb load detonation destroyed A/C and crew. 6 x Killed in Action (KIA)....

Associated Place

  • Rivenhall

    Military site : airfield
    Originally allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a heavy bomber base, Rivenhall was built during 1943-44 but transferred to the Ninth Air Force before construction was complete. It had three concrete runways, 51 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2...

  • Péronne

    Military site : airfield

Events

Event Location Date
Born Middlesex County, MA, USA 1925

Son of James J and Mary E Brodley.

Lived in Lowell, MA, USA 1941
Enlisted Devens, MA, USA 7 May 1943

Fort Devens
Massachusetts

Based Rivenhall 1944 – 28 February 1945

Assigned to 597BS, 397BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 02630 Wassigny, France 28 February 1945

Failed to Return mission to Germany. Crashed 3 km SW Wassigny 28-Feb-45. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 15875

Buried 80200 Péronne, France 29 February 1945

Interred
Péronne cemetery

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial

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