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William C Brearley

Military

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD1). Rejoined for 2nd tour. 97 combat missions. Ended Tour of Duty (ETD2).

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (9OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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. ...

  • 356th Fighter Group

    356th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 356th Fighter Group flew 413 missions between 15 October 1943 and 7 May 1945 and suffered the highest ratio of losses to enemy aircraft claims of any Eighth Air Force Group. This gave the Group the reputation of being the 'hard luck' outfit. The...

  • 359th Fighter Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-8491 'Donna Dae III' 'Princess Jocelyn' 'Tiger Lil'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 486FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by friendly fire whilst mistakenly attacking a US motor convoy Avranches. Pilot Lt Louis G Alphonse Killed in Action (KIA). 14-Aug-44. MACR 7373.

  • 44-15280 'Princess Jocelyn' 'Flying Dutchman'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt William Brearley. Re-assigned to Lt Harold Traupe. Failed to Return (FTR) escort mission to Stuttgart. A/C apparently hit by flak during a strafing pass on Bondorf A/D. Pilot 2Lt Henry C...

  • 42-76211 'Princess Jocelyn'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt William C Brearley and named "Princess Jocelyn". Written off DBR after crash landing at Martlesham Heath, 26-02-44, pilot William W Cotter killed.

  • 44-11564 'Princess Jocelyn'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • 44-19939 'Princess Jocelyn'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Capt William C Brearley.

Associated Place

  • Martlesham Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Opened in 1917 as home to the RFC Aeroplane Experimental Unit, Martlesham Heath became well known during the 1920s-30s as home to the Aircraft and Armament Experimental Establishment. Used as an RAF fighter station from 1939, with only a grass airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Mercer County, NJ, USA 1919

Son of Benjamin C and Merian E Brearley.

Lived in Trenton, NJ, USA 1942
Enlisted Fort Dix, NJ, USA 7 January 1942

Fort Dix
New Jersey

Crashed Camp Croft, South Carolina 29302, USA 30 October 1942

Forced Landing out of Fuel and lost Drill Field, Camp Croft, Spartenburg, SC Cat 3 damage Lt William C Brearley, 30-Oct-42.

BT-13A 41-11202 - 458SchSq

Based Martlesham Heath February 1943 – May 1945

Assigned to 359FS, 356FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 5 May 1944

Landing Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 3 damage Lt William C Brearley, 5-May-44.

P-47D 43-25530 - 359FS 356FG 8AF

End Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK 21 May 1944

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).[1]

Crashed Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK 25 November 1944

Landing Accident Martlesham Heath/Sta 369 Cat 4 damage Lt William C Brearley, 25-Nov-44.

P-51D15 44-15280 - 359FS 356FG 8AF.

Promoted Martlesham Heath, Martlesham, Ipswich, UK January 1945

Promoted to Captain.

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD) England, UK May 1945

Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).[2]

Buried Brielle, NJ, USA September 1961

Greenwood Cemetery
Brielle
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA

Died Monmouth County, NJ, USA 18 September 1961

Committed suicide, an undiagnosed victim of what we now know as PTSD.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2017 20:24:57 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Brearley%2C+Willi...
http://littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Brearley&Submit=Search
https://www.fold3.com/page/86056993_william_c%20brearley/details/
https://www.fold3.com/image/219728476/?terms=William%20C%20Brearley
http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/4004114-74/veterans-appeals-decision
http://www.8thafhs.com/get_one_acgroup.php?acgroup_id=42
https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92151982

Date Contributor Update
27 January 2015 14:27:42 Pyker Changes to highest rank and role
Sources

Updated rank and job.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:45 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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