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Martin Bredvik

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  • Morgan Cox

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group

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  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

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    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...

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  • 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...

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Born Sitka, AK, USA 17 April 1920
Enlisted Seattle, WA, USA 3 February 1941
466th BG Combat Tour Attlebridge, Norwich, Norfolk NR9, UK 5 June 1944 – 24 August 1944

32 combat missions

Died Mukilteo, WA, USA 19 December 2011

Martin BREDVIK P.E. Martin Bredvik was born in Sitka, Alaska on April 17, 1920 to Mr. & Mrs. Nels H. Bredvik. At the age of four, he was in line with this sister to shake hands with the President of the United States, President Harding. When he got to the end of the line he said, "I don't want to shake hands with that man, but I'll shake hands with that woman, Mrs. Harding. At that point, Herbert Hoover, then Secretary of Commerce, who was traveling with President Harding said, "Now there is a real politician, he'll probably be President some day". He never made it. The closest he ever got was to be part of an honor guard when FDR inspected the Aviation Cadet Corp in San Antonio, TX in 1942. In 1924 he saw his first airplanes. These were the U.S. Army 'round the world flyers'. All kids ran down to the beach to watch the airplanes land in the bay. Taking a shortcut, the kids jumped across a small stream. Martin never made it, he landed in the stream, and watched the airplanes in pants wet up to the knees. Martin attended Sitka High School and was graduated as valedictorian in 1938. After High school, he started a career as a commercial fisherman, attending the University of Washington during the winter months. In 1939, he joined the Washington State National Guard and was inducted into federal service in 1941. Soon after the outbreak of the war, he transferred to the Air Force and became an Aviation Cadet. At the conclusion of this flight training, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Air Force. He Flew 32 missions in the Eighth Air force stationed in England. While there, he participated in the invasion of Normandy and was awarded the Distinguish Flying Cross, the Air Metal with three Oak leaf Cluster, three combat stars, and a Certificate of Valor. Upon returning to the States, he was transferred to the 11th Air Force in Alaska. His squadron flew form Anchorage to the Aleutian Islands, and other parts of Alaska. Although he had obtained his pilot's license, he never flew after his service in the war. Upon leaving the service, he returned to the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He started his engineering career in Detroit in the automobile industry, working for the Kaiser-Frazer Automobile Corp. He lived in Michigan for six years, but found the summers too hot and the winters too cold. Moving back to Washington, he worked for the Boeing Co. At Boeing he became a Supervisor in Manufacturing Engineer and designed many large tools. He also was awarded several patents. He held a Professional Engineers license from the State of California. Martin was active in the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was a past president of Chapter #39, and served on the National Nominating committee. He was also quite active in the Snohomish County Mycological Society. Martin is survived by his son John Bredvik and grandson John Paul Bredvik

Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 29, 2012 - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?pid=15566992...

Buried Sitka, AK, USA 27 December 2011

SECTION 4 ROW 4 SITE 91
SITKA NATIONAL CEMETERY
803 SAWMILL CREEK ROAD SITKA, AK 99835

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2015 02:58:30 466thHistorian Changes to awards
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466th BG Historian
Seattle Times

Date Contributor Update
15 August 2015 02:56:46 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
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466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:41 AAM AAM ingest
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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 & SECOND AIR DIVISION by Turner Publishing Company, D790.A2S45, 1998, page 216

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