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Richard Edward Brennan

Military

Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA).

Awards: AM, PH.

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People

  • Marion Reid

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bomber pilot | 94th Bomb Group
    Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA). Awards: AM, PH.

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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. ...

  • 94th Bomb Group

    94th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated 15 June 1942 at MacDill Field, Florida. Initial organization and training at Pendleton Field, Oregon on 29 June 1942. Primary flight training at Davis-Monthan Field in Arizona from 28 Aug. 42 to 31 Oct. 42; then at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas...

  • 331st Bomb Squadron

    331st Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Part of 94th Bomb Group.

Aircraft

  • 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 3/12/43; Cleveland 9/12/43; Syracuse 11/12/43; Presque Is 15/12/43; Prestwick 19/12/43; Assigned 331BS/94BG [QE-A] Rougham 20/12/43; Missing in Action Berlin 19/5/44 with Marion Reid, Co-pilot: Lew Carter, Navigator...

Missions

  • 358

    19 May 1944

Associated Place

  • Bury St Edmunds

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was purpose-built for American bomb groups and as such had a 2,000 yard main runway that lain in concrete with a tarred and wood-chipped surface. The scale of bases such as this meant that very often the technical, administrative and...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Carbondale, CA 20 January 1913

Son Edmund B and Caroline Brennan.

Lived in Burlingame, California, USA 1942
Enlisted San Francisco, CA, USA 19 December 1942
Based Bury St Edmunds March 1944 – 19 May 1944

Assigned to 331BS, 94BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Oderberger Str., 10435 Berlin, Germany 19 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) raid to Berlin 19-May-44 in B-17 42-31540 'Miss Donna Mae II'. Bombs from another B-17 ripped off the port stabilizer over the target condemning the pilot and crew. Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Döberitz, Germany 24 May 1944

Interred
Döberitz cemetery

Buried 1946

Re-Interred
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre
Belgium

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 20:23:09 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/542970787
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56357272

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2020 20:21:52 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography and events
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/542970787
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56357272

Date Contributor Update
23 February 2020 22:30:52 jmoore43 Changes to biography
Sources

Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2017 20:17:39 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, awards, events, place associations and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/page/529856759_richard_e%20brennan/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/28650389
https://www.fold3.com/page/90772333_richard_e%20brennan/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/311039355/?terms=Richard%20E%20Brennan
https://www.fold3.com/image/136625192/?terms=Richard%20E%20Brennan
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=56357272

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2017 18:29:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28650389

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:29 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4946 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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