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David Armstrong Bramble

Military

Assigned to the 91st Bomb Group on 6 September 1943 and completed 25 missions from September 1943 to March 1944.

Service

People

  • Jerry Bernasconi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Damaged by fighters on a mision to Berlin on 6 Mar 1944 and B-17G #42-31911crashed NW of Magdeburg, GR after the crew baled out. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Quentin Ellis

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Navigator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Ellis was navigator, Phil Mack co-pilot on ' Village Flirt' 16th November 1942 when the 91st BG was scheduled to bomb Norway for possibly the only time in World War II. Target - a suspected heavy water plant. In the event the target area was...

  • Philip Mack

    Military | Major | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
    Served from 29 September 1943 to 23 March 1944. DFC/ AM w/ 3 Oak Leaf Cluster/ EAME w/ Battle Star

  • Rocco Poppa

    Military | Technical Sergeant | MOS 757 - Radio Operator / Mechanic / Gunner, AAF | 384th Bomb Group

  • Paul Zimmerman

    Military | Ground Crew; Mechanic | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...

  • 323rd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-29739 Wolf Pack, The Village Flirt

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 11/2/43; Rapid City 22/2/43; Kearney 12/3/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-P] Alconbury 15/4/43; Framlingham 12/5/43; Horham 15/6/43; 2m, transferred 369BS/306BG [WW-F] Thurleigh 4/8/43 WOLF PACK; 323BS/91BG [OR-M] Bassingbourn 11/9/43...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 103

    26 September 1943
    This mission was composed of four elements. The first element was a combined force of 55 B-17s from 91BG (19); 381BG (18); and 351BG (18) that were dispatched to attack industrial targets in and around Paris, France. As the formation approached the...

  • VIII Bomber Command 104

    27 September 1943
    The industrial areas of Emden, Germany are the targets for this two-element mission. The first element is a combined force of 141 B-17s despatched from 3rd Bomb Division and include the 94BG (19); 95BG (22); 96BG (21); 100BG (20); 385BG (18); 399BG (20...

  • VIII Bomber Command 106

    2 October 1943
    This mission is composed of three elements, two or which are directed at the industrial areas of Emden, Germany and the other at the German airfield at Woensdrecht, Holland. The first element is a formation of 163 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 119

    3 November 1943
    October 1943 turned out to be the worst loss rate for 8th Air Force for the entire war. 2,145 B-17s and 303 B-24s had been dispatched on missions. 163 B-17s had been lost (lost rate 7.5991%) and 9 B-24s were lost (loss rate 2.9703%). These loss rates...

  • VIII Bomber Command 121

    5 November 1943
    Having had good success with P-38 escorts and limiting penetration depth into Germany this mission is directed at the railroad marshaling yards and oil refinery at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In addition the marshaling yards at Munster, Germany are also...

  • VIII Bomber Command 124

    7 November 1943
    This mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a force of 59 B-17s of 1st Bomb Division including 91BG (18) 351BG (20); and 381BG (21) despatched to bomb the industrial areas of Wesel, Germany. Failure of the Oboe equipment results in a...

  • VIII Bomber Command 138

    26 November 1943
    The industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the target for this massive mission (largest to date) of 505 B-17s which included 14 B-17 Pathfinders from 482BG spread among the B-17 formations - 13 of these completed the mission and 7 were damaged. ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 145

    1 December 1943
    This mission was directed at the industrial areas of Leverkusen and Solingen, Germany. The mission is composed of two elements. The first element is a combined force of 221 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (27); 92BG (18); 303BG (17);...

  • VIII Bomber Command 151

    11 December 1943
    This mission is a massive raid of 583 heavy bombers on the industrial areas of Emden, Germany. The first element is a combined force of 242 B-17s from 1st Bomb Division that included: 91BG (24); 92BG (18); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (20); 351BG (40)...

  • VIII Bomber Command 154

    13 December 1943
    The port areas at Bremen and Kiel, Germany are the primary targets for this mission. This is the first mission where more than 600 aircraft are despatched. This mission is comprised of 8 elements. The first element consists 182 B-17s from: 91BG (31);...

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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 Fairlee, Maryland 24 October 1918
Died 27 February 2004
Buried Saint Paul's Kent Churchyard, Chestertown, Maryland

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
02 September 2021 12:58:51 acbernstein1 Changes to mission associations
Sources

http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/323rd1-1to3-30-43.html
http://www.91stbombgroup.com/Dailies/323rd1944.html

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2021 09:51:09 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Information provided by Alan Bramble, Find a Grave, information about the Bramble Crew and 323rd Bomb Squadron Dailies from 91st Bomb Group Association.

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