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William Herbert Brassfield

Military

William Herbert Brassfield earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.
He worked in the manned spaceflight program.
He retired from the USAF with the rank of Colonel.

Service

Units served with

  • 12th Air Force

    12th Air Force


    The 12th Air Force was established in the USA during the Second World War to provide the Army Air Force component of Operation Torch (the invasion of French North Africa) in 1942. The Air Force initially moved to England for training before...

  • 340th Bomb Group

    340th Bomb Group

    Group
    Activated on 20 August 1942. The 340th. Bombardment Group trained with B-25's for duty overseas. They arrived in the Mediterranean theater in March 1943. Assigned first to the Ninth Air Force and later (in August 1943) to the Twelfth. Served in combat...

  • 489th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date
Born Carpenter, Kentucky 15 June 1920
Lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan 1941
Received Private Pilot's License Ann Arbor, Michigan 30 May 1941

Airman Certificate # 63289-41

USAAF Pre-Flight Training Santa Ana Army Airfield, California January 1943 – March 1943
USAAF Primary Flight Training Tulare, California March 1943 – June 1943

Rankin Airfield
School ran by the civilian company Rankin Aeronautical Academy

USAAF Basic Flight Training Merced Army Airfield, California June 1943 – August 1943
USAAF Advanced Flight Training Yuma Army Airbase, Arizona August 1943 – November 1943
USAAF Transition Training Mather Army Airfield, California November 1943
B-25 Phase Training Columbia Army Air Base, South Carolina 29 November 1943 – 31 January 1944

309th BG
376th BS

340th Bomb Group Combat Tour Alesani Airfield, Corsica 14 May 1944 – 3 January 1945

Flew 389 Combat Hours

Combat Mission Buccino, Italy 10 June 1944

His 10th combat mission. He was awarded the oak leaf cluster to his Air Medal

Combat Mission Sovana, Italy 21 June 1944

His 15th Combat Mission. He was awarded a 2nd OLC to his Air Medal

Combat Mission Buccino, Italy 13 July 1944
Combat Mission Corbola, Italy 14 July 1944

His 20th Combat Mission. He was awarded a 3rd OLC to his Air Medal.

Combat Mission Nice, France 6 August 1944

His 25th mission. He was awarded a 4th OLC to his Air Medal

Combat Mission Le Trayas, France 15 August 1944

His 30th combat mission. He was awarded a 5th OLC to his AM

Combat Mission Maresca, Italy 10 September 1944

His 35th combat mission. He was awarded a 6th OLC to his Air Medal

Assigned to 140th AAF Base Unit Moody Army Airfield, Georgia 6 June 1945 – 14 July 1945

A-26 Pilot

Assigned to the 3502nd AAF Base Unit 15 July 1945 – 1 January 1947

Aircraft Maintenance Officer

Graduated Ann Arbor, Michigan June 1956

University of Michigan
Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering

Deputy Director For Re-Entry Systems USA Norton Air Force Base, San Bernadino, California April 1964

Plans, implements, supervises and coordinates Ballistic Missile Re-entry Systems efforts on advancement of re-entry technology and measurement of re-entry phenomena. Performs technical liaison with civilian and military agencies such as ARPA, DASA, OAR, AEC, US Army, US Navy and various AICBM and Penetration Evaluation Commitees.

Director of Engineering & Director of Titan IIIM, Manned Orbiting Laboratory Los Angeles Air Force Station, Los Angeles, California 1 August 1966 – 31 July 1968

HQ Space Systems Division
Air Force Space Command

Died Junction City, Oregon 17 December 2000
Buried Junction City, Oregon 20 December 2000

Rest Lawn Memorial Park
Junction City, Lane County, Oregon, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2021 20:52:55 466thHistorian Changes to events
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Various original copies of HQ 12th AF General Orders

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William Herbert Brassfield AAF Officers Qualification Record

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Personal papers of William Herbert Brassfield

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Private papers of William Herbert Brassfield

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