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George P Bradley

Military

Enlisted in the army in 1935 and his first duties were with a lighter-than-air squadron at Scott Field, IL. Later he was transferred to a Flying Fortress outfit at Langley Field, VA. Flew as a gunner in B-17’s. He then trained as a bombardier and flew with an anti-submarine squadron based in Puerto Rico and Panama, and finally in December started pilot training. He received his wings on 1-Oct-43. He was promoted to 1st Lt, 8-Jul-44. Lt Bradley has been overseas since 1-May-44.
Assigned to 754th Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. 35 x missions plus 4 missions un-credited 'toting gas for Patton's army'.

After rest leave, transferred to 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.

Awards: DFC (2OLC), AM (6OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Bartholomew Catanzaro

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Co-Pilot | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Roy Cook

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Waist Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Robert Cowan

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Gustave Duhon

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • James Evans

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Appointed Assistant Squadron Adjutant. Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Richard McGough

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • E Pyle

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). ...

  • Louie Ratto

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 458th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed Tour Duty (ETD). Awards: DFC, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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. ...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron
  • 754th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-51095 'Shoo Shoo Baby'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Ashersleben with Lt Armour crew; hit by flak, taking out #1 engine, radio, intercom and badly damaging the fuel system. A/C abandoned by crew and crashed at Diek on 29-Jun-44 5 x EVD, 5 x POW...

  • 42-95096 'Bombs Away'

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95116

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95018

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-95018

    B-24 Liberator

  • 41-29276 Rotten Sock

    B-24 Liberator
    Crash landed 12 Jan 1945 and salvaged.

  • 41-29305 I'll be Back

    B-24 Liberator
    Later renamed Hypochondriac

  • 44-21108

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 44-21178

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 63FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Assigned to Lt Vernon A Smith. Transferred to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Crashed Belly Landing due to Mech Failure 1 mile NE Boxted pilot Lt George P Bradley 10-Feb-45.

  • 42-95165 'Cookie'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

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Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Morganfield, KY 42437, USA 3 May 1918

Son of Lucy P Bradley.

Enlisted N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075, USA 1941
Lived in Springfield, MO, USA 1942
Based Horsham St Faith 7 June 1944 – 10 October 1944

Assigned to 754th Bomb Squadron, 458th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force.

Rest Home Leave United States 11 October 1944 – November 1944

Rest Home Leave.

Fighter conversion November 1944 – 26 November 1944

Fighter familiarisation.

Based Boxted 26 November 1944 – May 1945

Transferred to
61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force.

Crashed Mendlesham, Stowmarket IP14, UK 19 January 1945

Taxiing Accident due to Weather Mendlesham (Sta 156) Lt George P Bradley, 19-Jan-45.

P-47M 44-21108 - 61FS 56FG 8AF.

Crashed Boxted, Colchester, UK 10 February 1945

Crashed Belly Landing due to Mech Failure 1mile NE / Boxted Sta 150 Cat 4 damage Lt George P Bradley, 10-Feb-45.

P-47M 44-21178 - 61FS 56FG 8AF.

Died 20 May 1972
Buried Arlington National Cemetery 23 May 1972

Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 09:55:55 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/49127741/george-p-bradley

Date Contributor Update
25 July 2020 20:03:27 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

NARA verified AM w/6 oak leaf clusters.

Date Contributor Update
18 April 2017 12:47:34 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- he records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- http://www.458bg.com/crewbradley.htm;
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list ;
- www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/personnel.htm

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2017 21:41:27 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/crewbradley.htm
https://www.fold3.com/page/88669243_george_p%20bradley/details/
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Bradley%2C+George...

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2017 21:34:07 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.458bg.com/crewbradley.htm
https://www.fold3.com/page/88669243_george_p%20bradley/details/

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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