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Thaddeus Darmont Nanna

Military

Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out, landing west of the Rhine. Returned to Duty (RTD) MACR 13537

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

Service

People

  • Dale Beasley

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Killed in Action (KIA) MACR 13537 Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), PH.

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Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 705th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-28814

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) supply mission to Wesel with Dale Beasley crew; shortly after supplies dropped and while at 300ft, A/C hit by 20mm AAA flak, causing fire to break out between No. 1 and 2 engines. Bail out...

Associated Place

  • Bassingbourn

    Military site : airfield
    Now home to a museum all about the aifield and its USAAF residents (http://www.towermuseumbassingbourn.co.uk/) , Bassingbourn opened in 1938 as part of the RAF's pre-war expansion programme. The RAF continued to use it until late in 1942 when its long...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Barberton, Summit County, OH 19 July 1917
Enlisted Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH 3 January 1941

Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio

Based Bassingbourn 1944 – May 1945

Assigned to 705BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out RTD West of Wesel, Germany 24 March 1945

Failed to Return (FTR) in B-24 41-28814 Operation Varsity; shot down by ground fire at low level, A/C crashed near Wesel. Baled out, landing west of the Rhine. RTD MACR 13537

Discharged USAAF 16 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Columbus, OH 21 June 1961
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Columbus, Franklin County, OH 25 June 1961

Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens
Columbus,
Franklin County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2020 20:31:26 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/41966893
https://www.fold3.com/image/319487194
https://www.fold3.com/record/84135672-thaddeus-d-nanna
https://www.fold3.com/image/680974542?terms=Thaddeus%20Nanna
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/208359820/thaddeus-d-nanna

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:37 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 13537 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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