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Jack Tarleton Bradley


Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF. 15 confirmed kills, 12.666 damaged, 3 probables. C/O 353FS.

Awards: DSC, DFC, DFC[UK], SS (OLC), AM (21OLC), Croix de Guerre, American Campaign and Defense, WWII Victory, EAME (3OLC), Longevity (4OLC).

Post war: Retied from USAF in 1962 as Colonel.

DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Air Corps) Jack T. Bradley, United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-51 Fighter Airplane in the 353d Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, NINTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 28 May 1944, during an air mission over Germany. On this date while leading his squadron of fighter airplanes in escort of a large bomber formation attacking a highly important and exceedingly well defended target deep within Germany, Major Bradley observed a large group of enemy fighters about to attack the bombers. Without hesitation he directed his forces to give maximum protection to the bombers and, although under repeated attack himself, dived fearlessly into the midst of the enemy formation and personally destroyed two enemy airplanes while his squadron accounted for ten. The enemy attack was so completely disorganized, that not a single enemy airplane reached the bombers. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Major Bradley on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself, the 9th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.



  • Howard Dooley

    Military | Master Sergeant | Crew chief | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF.

  • Louis Van der Roest

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Asst Crew chief | 354th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF.

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Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 354th Fighter Group

    354th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in the autumn of 1943 and was assigned to the Ninth Air Force in December 1943. The Group were the first to fly P-51 Mustangs operationally and in their bomber escort missions pushed to find the long-range limits of the...

  • 353rd Fighter Squadron

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...


Event Location Date
Born Brownwood, TX, USA 6 June 1918

Son of Hardy Basil and Margaret [Maddox] Bradley.

Enlisted Dallas, TX, USA 1941
Based Lashenden November 1943 – May 1945

Assigned to 353FS, 354FG, 8AF USAAF.

Buried Early, TX 76802, USA July 2000

Eastlawn Memorial Park
Brown County
Texas, USA

Died Brown County, TX, USA 4 July 2000


Date Contributor Update
22 October 2017 13:42:59 Al_Skiff Changes to events

354th Fighter Group By William N Hess

Date Contributor Update
22 October 2017 13:37:42 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events and unit associations

354th Fighter Group By William N Hess

Date Contributor Update
27 November 2015 12:19:01 IWMAZ Created entry with surname, firstname, highest rank, role, unit associations, place associations and media associations

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