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James Merritt Bradley

Military

Joined 13 June 1942. Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882. Released from active duty 23 December 1945.
Married Ruth Virginia Cramer - May 4, 1946 - Newport, OR. Attended Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. Settled in Monroe, OR 1947.

Survived by: daughter: Deborah Ayers (Stayton, OR) and son John Bradley (Halfway, OR). Three grand daughters - Brandy, Tracy and Jennifer. 10 great grand children

Service

People

  • Donald Cole

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak. ' Killed in Action (KIA). Captain Cole was credited with saving the town by flying the plane into an open field. The site is still a memorial to his bravery.

  • Robert Finney

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Robert Finney was a spare gunner on the Donald Cole crew when B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak' was shot down 5 January 1944 over Saintes, France. Evaded. Was back in England on 11 May 1944. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 628.

  • Richard Gatesman

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 2014. Discharged 22 October 1945.

  • Joseph Gross

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Downed by flak and fighters. Crashed near Royan, France. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 919.

  • Harland Hendrix

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

  • Clarence Norton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded - Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882-883 (linked to E&E 882 for Bombardier Lt James M. Bradley.)

  • Thomas Scott

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Evaded. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 918.

  • Harold Thorne

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW). Discharged 26 October 1945.

  • Harold Wiggins

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 96th Bomb Group
    Shot down 5 January 1944 in B-17 #42-30665 'Hunyak'. Prisoner of War (POW).

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-30153 Worry Wart

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Dow Fd 6/5/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG Andrews Fd 9/5/43 WORRY WART; Snetterton 12/6/43; transferred 532BS/381BG Ridgewell 16/7/43; Missing in Action 1m Hamburg (Heide) 25/7/43 with Capt Joe Alexander, Co...

  • 42-30665 Hunyak

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Boeing 7/7/43; Gore 17/7/43; Dallas 8/8/43; Palm Springs 9/8/43; Geiger 10/8/43; Pendleton 12/8/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-E] Snetterton 1/9/43; Missing in Action Bordeaux 5/1/44 with Capt Donald Charles Cole (Killed in Action); Co-pilot:...

Missions

  • 8th Air Force 176

    5 January 1944
    This mission consists of five elements: The first element is a combined force of 131 B-17s are despatched by 1st Bomb Division: 92BG; 303BG; 305BG; 306BG; 379BG; 384BG; and 482BG to bomb the shipyards and industrial areas of Kiel, Germany. 119 are...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Elida, NM 88116, USA 4 September 1921

Elida, New Mexico

Enlisted 10 January 1942

in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Evaded (EVD) Rochevent, 17810, France 5 January 1944 – 7 August 1944

Helped by French citizens and members of the Résistance, he was led to many places in France and was ultimately hidden in a huge Maquis camp East of Luchapt. He and Left Waist Gunner Clarence Norton and another evading American airman participated in Maquis operations against the Germans, in a joint force with the British SAS (Special Air Service.) Bradley, Norton and the 3rd US airman were then brought North to an airfield at Villemort, also in the Vienne Department of France. Flown back to England in an RAF Hudson, they landed at Tempsford in the morning of 7 August 1944.

Died Sublimity, OR 97385, USA 5 July 2012

Sublimity, Oregon

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 10:00:33 ED-BB Changes to events
Sources

Added evasion details in Biography

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2018 09:41:02 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 2014
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 882

Date Contributor Update
24 January 2017 16:41:31 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2014; Snetterton Falcons pg 97

Date Contributor Update
27 May 2016 21:11:47 Debbie Changes to nickname, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and media associations
Sources

daughter, Deborah

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 2014 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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