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Gail Farrell Bruner

Military

Involved in a mid-air collision with another B-17 from the same group on return from operations to airfields in GB on 21 Feb 1944 in B-17G 42-37963 and crashed on Reedham Marshes, Norfolk. Killed in Action (KIA).

Service

Units served with

  • 385th Bomb Group

    385th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 385th Bomb Group, who took the nickname "Van's Valiants" after their first Commanding Officer Col. Elliot Vandevanter, flew B-17s from Great Ashfield, Suffolk. The Group led the famous attack on the Focke-Wolfe aircraft factory at Marienburg on 9...

  • 549th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-37963

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/10/43; Gr Island 10/11/43; Assigned 549BS/385BG [XA-O] Gt Ashfield 24/11/43; mid-air coll with 42-31370 (385) 21/2/44 with Warren Pease, Co-pilot: Edward Brown, Navigator: Bernard Kaplan, Bombardier: Robert Jenkins, Flight engineer...

Associated Place

  • Great Ashfield

    Military site : airfield
    The airfield was built in 1942 by John Laing & Son Ltd. 108,000 tons of concrete was used in its construction, creating a Class 'A' airfield suitable for heavy bombers. The 385th Bomb Group took up residence in the summer of 1943, and remained at the...

Events

Event Location Date
Born KS, USA 6 September 1919
Enlisted November 1942
Died Reedham, Norwich, Norfolk, UK 21 February 1944
Buried Rantoul, KS, USA

At Ruhamah Cemetery
Findagrave.com 43885660

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22 October 2019 13:12:23 william henry Changes to middlename
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Personal information

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Personal information

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Standard

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GR to GB to make sense

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Find A Grave Memorial# 43885660

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Combat Chronology Supplement p. 533, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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