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Henry Paul Brannan

Military

Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: SS, PH.

Service

People

  • William Holland

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 92nd Bomb Group Fame's Favoured Few
    Killed on 24th or 25th mission. Operational mission to Solingen in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle', mission was scrubbed due to weather, A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including William, 30-Nov-43....

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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

  • 42-30408 Sharon Belle

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 28/5/43; Gore 9/6/43; Dalhart 27/6/43; Tinker 7/7/43; Gr Isle 28/7/43; Presque Is 4/8/43; Assigned 327BS/92BG [UX-Q] Alconbury 14/8/43; detailed Solingen but blew up near RAF Silverstone, crashed Astwell Castle, Helmdon,...

Associated Place

  • Podington

    Military site : airfield
    Built originally to accommodate two RAF bomber squadrons, the first USAAF unit to occupy the base was the 15th Bomb Squadron in September 1942. Podington was then used as a satellite for nearby Chelveston. Work to lengthen the runways, although this...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Tulare County, CA 1917
Enlisted Presidio Of Monterey, CA 30 September 1941
Based Podington 1943 – 30 November 1943

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

Died Astwell Castle Farm, UK 30 November 1943

Solingen mission in B-17F 42-30408 'Sharon Belle'; A/C was seen to explode at the nose, crashed near Astwell Castle with all crew lost, including Henry, 30-Nov-43. KIA.

Buried Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, MO 1948

Re-Interred
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Lemay, St. Louis County, MO

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 March 2019 14:18:25 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/90738978-henry-p-brannan
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/46107806/henry-paul-brannan

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:40 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

 Losses of 8th & 9th AFs Vol I by Bishop & Hey p. 394-5 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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