Harry James Brody

Military

Object Number - UPL 47715 - "Enlisted men of the 303rd Bomb Group who have been awarded the coveted Distinguished Flying Cross wear their medal proudly. England. 23 May...

Jim Brody grew up in eastern Montana. He flew his missions as the ball turret gunner on the B-17 "Hell's Angels" (Baldwin crew) and returned to the U.S. I have heard that he was credited with destroying 11 German airplanes, but I don't know if that is correct. When he returned to the U.S. he was stationed at the Laredo Texas Army Airfield. My father was an aerial gunnery instructor there and he and Jim became friends and rodeoed together when they could get off base. Jim was a bronc rider (the best I ever saw) and my dad was a calf roper. After the war Jim acquired a large ranch near Circle, Montana and we would visit the Brodys every Summer. Jim was killed in a truck accident on the ranch in 1957.

Awards: DFC, AM (3OLC), GC, WWII Victory, EAME.

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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 358th Bomb Squadron
  • Service Numbers: O-427113
  • Highest Rank: Captain
  • Role/Job: Pilot

Aircraft

A B-17 Flying Fortress (VK-D, serial number 41-24577) nicknamed "Hell's Angel" of the 358th Bomb Squadron, 303rd Bomb Group in flight. Passed for publication 21 Aug 1943. Handwritten caption on reverse: 'Hell's Angel. L1721/29.' Printed caption on reverse of print: 'A Flying Fortress wearing the new recognition symbol of the U.S.A.A.F. and fitted with toughened glass "windows" in the air.' On reverse: The Aeroplane Ltd, US Army Press Censor ETO and US Army General Section Press & Censorship Bureau [Stamps
  • Aircraft Type: B-17 Flying Fortress
  • Nicknames: Hell's Angels
  • Unit: 303rd Bomb Group 358th Bomb Squadron

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Events

Event Location Date Description

Born

Glendive, MT 1918-04-20 Son of Elsie Brody.

Died

1957-08-02

Buried

Dawson County Cemetery Glendive, Dawson County, MT 1957-08-05 Dawson County Cemetery Glendive, Dawson County, Montana

Enlisted

1943-07-14

Other

Discharged USAAF

1945-08-04 Honourable discharge.

Revisions

Date20 May 2019 21:44:21
Contributorjmoore43
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Corrected spelling in the description.

Date20 May 2019 21:42:48
Contributorjmoore43
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Added a connection to A/C 41-24577.

Date2 May 2018 03:21:48
ContributorTexag45
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Terrell Mullins

Date27 Sep 2014 18:12:23
ContributorAAM
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster

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