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Louis Bridda


Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Schweinfurt in B-17 42-3550; shot down 14-Oct-43. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 921

Missions: 12-Oct-43 Danzig; 13-Oct-43 France; 14-Oct-43 Schweinfurt.

Awards: AM, PH, POW, WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).


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. ...

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 365th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-3550

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 29/7/43; Grand Island 10/8/43; Assigned 365BS/305BG [XK-H] Chelveston 1/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 14/10/43 with Alden Kincaid, Navigator: Bob Metcalf, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: John Raines, Ball turret gunner: Ken...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

  • Stalag Luft IV

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born Expedite PA 22 October 1920

Son of Sebastian and Orsela Bridda.

Lived in Alemeda NAS, Alemeda, CA 14 February 1942

Employed at Alemeda, Naval Air Station. (Draft registration record)

Enlisted San Francisco, CA 24 October 1942

San Francisco, California

Based Chelveston 1943 – 14 October 1943

Assigned to 365BS, 305BG, 8AF USAAF.

Prisoner of War (POW) Tychowo, Poland 14 October 1943 – 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft IV.

Discharged USAAF 24 November 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Snowflake, AZ 7 September 2015
Buried Taylor Cemetery Taylor, Navajo County, AZ 10 September 2015

Taylor Cemetery
Navajo County, Arizona


Date Contributor Update
17 September 2021 14:05:47 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
20 August 2021 21:29:38 Julia C Gandy Changes to nickname

Photo of Bridda

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:05 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 921 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / self; MACR 921