Edward Albert Bradford

Military ROLL OF HONOUR

Object Number - UPL 42270 - "Crew of the 360th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group, beside the Boeing B-17 "Flying Fortress" "Ooold Soljer". England, 28 March 1943." Rear L-R: Lt...

6-Mar-42 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F #41-24559 [PU-C], "Ooold Soljer:, 303BG 360BS at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. 16-Oct-42 Arrived at Molesworth, UK aboard "Ooold Soljer."

31-Mar-43 Despatched as Left Waist Gunner of B-17F #41-24599 "Ooold Soljer" on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. The aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with B-17F #42-29573 "Two Beauts" 303BG/358BS This occured less than an hour from takeoff with each carrying 6 bombs for the mission to Rotterdam. The planes crashed at Mears Ashby and 303rd reports a memorial to the two crews is there. According to 303rd's web site, Bradford had previously flown 15 missions with Lewis Lyle and is shown in a crew photo with Lyle's crew and a write up of his missions.

Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

Participated in 18 Operations (3 were aborted) See Biography events.

Connections

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Units served with

Official emblem of the 303rd Bomb Group approved 7 November 1942.
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Bombardment

People

  • Military/Civilian/Mascot: Military
  • Nationality: American
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-791048
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Ooold Soljer
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Thumper
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 360th Bomb Squadron

Missions

  • Date: 17 November 1942
  • Official Description: 35 HBs pound U-boat pens at Saint-Nazaire with 102 tons of bombs.
  • Date: 18 November 1942
  • Official Description: VIII BC conducts missions against 3 U-boat bases. 19 HBs attack at La Pallice, 13 at Lorient Keroman, and 19 at Saint-Nazaire.
  • Date: 6 December 1942
  • Official Description: 36 HBs attack Atelier d’Hellemmes locomotive works at Lille while a smaller group of aircraft bomb Abbeville/Drucat A/F.

Places

Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Martinsburg, WV 30 January 1918 Son of Mary Elfritz.

Enlisted

Washington, DC 5 January 1942 Washington, District Of Columbia

Other

Assigned to Aircraft

Boise, ID, USA 6 March 1942 Assigned as an Aerial Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer" at Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho.

Other

Arrived in UK

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 16 October 1942 Arrived at Molesworth, UK as a Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS.

Other

Mission #1, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 17 November 1942 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #2, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

18 November 1942 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #3, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Lille, France 6 December 1942 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the carriage and wagon works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #4, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24579, 303BG/360BS

Saint-Nazaire, France 3 January 1942 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24579 "Thumper", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #5, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Lille, France 13 January 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the Lille Fives Locomotive Works at Lille, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #6, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 23 January 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #7, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

27 January 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshave, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #8, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Hamm, Germany 2 February 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Hamm, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK

Other

Mission #9, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Osnabrück, Germany 4 February 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the industrial areas os Osnabruck, Germany, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #10, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - Aborted

Saint-Nazaire, France 16 February 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at St. Nazaire, France, but mechanical failures forced the pilot to abort the sortie. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #11, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Brest, France 27 February 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the port area and U-Boat pens at Brest, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #12, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Rotterdam, Netherlands 4 March 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Rotterdam, Holland. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #13, SGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Lorient, France 6 March 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the U-Boat pens at Lorient, France. RTB OK.

Other

Promoted in Rank

Molesworth, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28, UK 10 March 1943 Promoted in Rank to Staff Sergeant.

Other

Mission #14, SSGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Rouen, France 12 March 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #15, SSGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Amiens, France 13 March 1943 Served as Right Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Amiens, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #16, SSGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Wilhelmshaven, Germany 22 March 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the naval facilities and U-Boat pens at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #17, SSGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS

Rouen, France 28 March 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the railroad marshalling yards at Roeun, France. RTB OK.

Other

Mission #18, SSGT Edward A. Bradford, w/B-17F 41-24559, 303BG/360BS - KOM

Rotterdam, Netherlands 31 March 1943 Served as Left Waist Gunner on B-17F 41-24559 "Ooold Soljer", 303BG/360BS on a mission to bomb the shipyards at Rotterdam, Holland. Aircraft sustained a mid-air collision with another B-17 of 358BS during assembly and crashed. He was killed. KOM

Buried

Buried in the Cambridge American Cemetery, Plot D, ROw 1, Grave 59.
Washington, DC

Revisions

Date28 Feb 2020 22:56:48
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a "#" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date29 Oct 2019 22:04:19
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to pilot Keith O. Bartlett.

Date7 Mar 2016 20:43:22
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added details and date to loss paragraphy in Summary Biography.

Date7 Mar 2016 19:43:38
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #18 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 31-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/027.pdf

Date7 Mar 2016 19:40:53
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #17 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 28-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/026.pdf

Date7 Mar 2016 19:39:03
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #16 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 22-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/025.pdf

Date7 Mar 2016 19:36:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #15 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/023.pdf

Date7 Mar 2016 19:33:54
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Promoted in Rank event pere 303Bg website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date7 Mar 2016 19:31:08
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #14 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 12-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/022.pdf

Date7 Mar 2016 19:28:23
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Added Mission #13 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/020.pdf

Date7 Mar 2016 19:24:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 7-Mar-2016. Made connections to Missions of 6-Mar-43, 12-Mar-43, 13-Mar-43, 22-Mar-43, 28-Mar-43 and 31-Mar-4 and completed Participations statement in Summary Biography per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Reports of dates stated: http://www.303rdbg.com/

Date25 Feb 2016 19:18:15
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #12 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Mar-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/019.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 19:15:45
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #11 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 127-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/018.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 19:12:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #10 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 16-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/016.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 19:07:05
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #9 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 4-Feb-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/014.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 19:03:43
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #8 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date25 Feb 2016 18:59:10
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #7 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 27-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/012.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:42:56
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #6 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 23-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/011.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:41:21
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #5 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 13-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/010.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:38:41
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #4 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 3-Jan-43: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/009.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:35:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #3 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 6-Dec-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/005.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:33:44
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #2 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 18-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/002.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:32:32
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Mission #1 event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian, Mission Report of 17-Nov-42: http://www.303rdbg.com/missionreports/001.pdf

Date6 Feb 2016 23:27:47
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Burial location per AMerican Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) records.

Date6 Feb 2016 23:23:40
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-lyle.html

Date6 Feb 2016 23:21:52
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added Assigned to Aircraft event per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-lyle.html

Date6 Feb 2016 23:18:28
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Made connections to Place, Aircraft (through 23-Jan-43) and Mission (through 23-Jan-43) per 303BG website, Gary Moncur, Historian: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-lyle.html

Date6 Feb 2016 23:14:29
ContributorLee8thbuff
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Lee Cunningham 6-Feb-2016. Added initial assignment, arrival in UK and edited loss account in Summary Biography per 303BG webstie, Gary Moncur, Historian, Lewis E Lyle crew page: http://www.303rdbg.com/c-360-lyle.html

Date27 Sep 2014 18:08:13
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit history, Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 94, 303rd \web site, ABMC web site

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