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Gerald E Brasher

Military

Gerald E 'Jerry' Brasher served as a pilot with the 78th Fighter Group. He was a ace with 6 kills to his credit. 1 x confirmed [Air], 5 x confirmed [Ground]. Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF.

Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Donald Hink

    Military | Sergeant | Asst crew chief | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78BG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Dominic Kolenic

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew chief | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: BSM, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • George Mueller

    Military | Corporal | Armourer | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 42-8620

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 23FS, 36FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Argentan 13-Aug-44; after strafing trucks on road, failed to re-join his flight lead. MACR 8578

  • 44-14551

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF. Being ferried into Duxford as a replacement A/C in the hands of 1st Lt Jerry E Brasher when engine failed causing the loss of the A/C. Brasher fortunately walked away unharmed. 23-Sep-44.

  • 42-76549 Nice Kitty / Dude

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Lt Gerald E Brasher. Reassigned to Lt Merle Capp. Crew Chief - S/Sgt Dominic M Kolenic Asst Crew Chief - Cpl Donald R Hink Armourer - Cpl George S Mueller

Associated Place

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...

  • Warton

    Military site : airfield
    Built as a satellite airfield for Squires Gate, it was earmarked for US use even before America entered the Second World War. Its location made it ideal for use as a depot station, where incoming US aircraft could be processed and moved on to active...

Events

Event Location Date
Lived in Roswell, NM, USA 1942
Promoted Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 1943

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Duxford 13 September 1943 – 26 May 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

E/A Destroyed Luxembourg 11 February 1944

Me109 destroyed NE of Luxembourg. 11-Feb-44.

Based Warton 26 May 1944 – May 1945

Transferred to 310FRS, 27ATG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 23 September 1944

Landing Accident due to Engine Failure Duxford/Sta 357 Cat 5 damage, 1Lt J E Brasher, 23-Sep-44.

P-51D 44-14551 - 310FRS 27ATG 8AF

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
11 April 2017 12:15:30 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

http://www.littlefriends.co.uk/search.php?searchString=Brasher&Submit=Se...
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbapi.asp?Pilot=Brasher%2C+J+E&Su...
https://www.fold3.com/image/48254662/?terms=J%20E%20Brasher
https://www.fold3.com/image/161310481/?terms=J%20E%20Brasher
http://www.wwiiaircraftperformance.org/p-47/er/78-brasher-11feb44.jpg

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2015 11:38:38 Lucy May Changes to highest rank, biography, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

Combined three entries for Gerald E Brasher. This entry now includes information from the following sources;
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in Fry's book 'Eagles of Duxford', p131
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Also see: http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-incredible-photos-of-american-serviceme...

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:11:20 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p132 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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