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Lawrence E Bortness

Military

Retired from the USAF as a Colonel after serving in WW 2, Korean War and Vietnam. Was bombardier (B-24J), Nav Radar/NAV N-52, flight engineer B-29, NAV B-36, performance engineer B-52, OPS/Plans officer, Base Commander, Wing Commander, 8th Air Force. He retired from active duty, 1974.
Burial details:
Bortness, Lawrence E, b. 10/20/1921, d. 09/09/1984, US Air Force, COL, Res: Mesa, AZ, Plot: 14 0 2615, bur. 09/12/1984
http://www.interment.net/data/us/az/maricopa/national/arizona_blebou.htm

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
23029 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States

Military Service
COLONEL
US AIR FORCE
VIETNAM WAR KOREAN WAR WORLD WAR II
Transcriber
DdraigGoch
January 2, 2014
Photographer
denis_ashton
October 1, 2013
https://billiongraves.com/grave/LAWRENCE-E-BORTNESS/6343262

Service

People

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron
  • 787th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28747 Gruesome Goose

    B-24 Liberator
    The B-24H “Gruesome Goose” while on a mission to bomb Mourmelon-Sur-Marne Ammuniton Dump in France ditched over the Channel with the loss of all 10 on board. ...

  • 42-94886

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95592 Black Cat

    B-24 Liberator
    On 21 April 1945 B-24 Liberator "Black Cat" became the last heavy bomber to be shot down in the European Theatre of Operations. ...

  • 42-51141 Pegasus

    B-24 Liberator

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Volga, SD 57071, USA 20 October 1921
Enlisted Historic Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111, USA 14 April 1941
Lived in Volga, SD 57071, USA 1942
Died Phoenix, AZ, USA 9 September 1984
Buried Phoenix, AZ, USA 12 September 1984

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
Plot: 14, 0, 2615

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2019 17:58:46 David Bortness Changes to biography
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David Lawrence Bortness, son of Col. Lawrence E Bortness (dec.)

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2019 17:16:41 David Bortness Changes to biography
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David Lawrence Bortness, son of Col Lawrence E. Bortness

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2019 17:00:44 David Bortness Changes to highest rank
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David Lawrence Bortness, son of Col. Lawrence E. Bortness, USAF (dec.)

Date Contributor Update
25 August 2018 02:54:26 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank
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Highest rank in the 8th AF was 1LT. Note that he retired from the USAF with the rank of Lt. Colonel in biography

Date Contributor Update
24 August 2018 05:43:34 David Bortness Changes to nickname, highest rank and awards
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I can add much more and will. -- David Lawrence Bortness, son of Lawrence E.

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2015 04:00:41 466thHistorian Changes to events, unit associations and aircraft associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2014 19:41:36 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, biography and events
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
30 November 2014 04:43:48 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations
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466th BG Archives

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, p 343

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