Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Lee G Bratcher


Shot down 16-Aug-44 in B-17G 43-38000 while serving as Bombardier. Aircraft was attacked by fighters, set on fire, bomb load detonated and aircraft disintegrated in mid-air. Aircraft crashed near Lehna, Germany. Killed in Action (KIA)


Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 324th Bomb Squadron

    324th Bomb Squadron

    Home of the Memphis Belle


  • 43-38000

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17G 42-38000 was delivered Cheyenne 14-Jun-44; Kearney 28-Jun-44; Dow Fd 9-Jul-44; Assigned 324BS/91BG [DF-E] Bassingbourn 23-Jul-44. Sustained damage on 16-Aug-44 from attacks by German fighters on the apporach to the target of the aircraft...


  • 8th Air Force 556

    16 August 1944
    Aircraft factories and oil refineries are the primary targets for this mission. A total of 1090 heavy bombers are despatched. See Mission Details for particulars. ...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents ( , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...


Event Location Date
Born Hillsboro, Texas
Killed in Action (KIA) Lehna, 37308 Schimberg, Germany 16 August 1944

Killed when aircraft was attacked by German fighters, set on fire, bomb load detonated and aircraft disintegrated in mid-air. Remains of aircraft fell near Lehna, Germany.


Date Contributor Update
14 January 2015 14:50:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Combined two entries into a single entry. This record now includes information from the following source: MACR 8181 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database.

Correction of some typographical errors.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2014 20:57:34 Lee8thbuff Changes to service number, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Lee Cunningham 16-Dec-2014. Added SN, KIA event, crew position in biography and BS connection per MACR 8181. Added KIA and Burial event and details per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE; made connections to BS, Place, AIrcraft and Mission within existing website data. Converted date in biography to military-style signification. COMBINED entry, born data is correct.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8181