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Harry James Brody


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.



  • Irl Baldwin

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 303rd Bomb Group
    Assigned to 358BS, 303BG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 25 x combat missions on 14-May-43. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (OLC), WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • 358th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-24577 Hell's Angels

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    B-17F 41-24577 "Hells Angels" was assigned to 358BS/303BG [VK-D] Bangor 14-Oct-42; arrived at Molesworth 24-Oct-42; in landing accident with Irl E. Baldwin 26-Apr-43; slated to RAF 100 Squadron, but retained by 803rd BS ATD (American Training...

Associated Place

  • Molesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Molesworth was one of the early stations used by the Eighth Air Force in the UK, first occupied by the 15th Bomb Squadron’s Douglas Bostons in June 1942. Built in 1940 and extended and improved in 1942, Molesworth is most associated with the 303rd...


Event Location Date
Born Glendive, MT 20 April 1918

Son of Elsie Brody.

Enlisted 14 July 1943
Discharged USAAF 4 August 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 2 August 1957
Buried Dawson County Cemetery Glendive, Dawson County, MT 5 August 1957

Dawson County Cemetery
Glendive, Dawson County, Montana


Date Contributor Update
11 June 2021 20:26:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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20 May 2019 21:44:21 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Corrected spelling in the description.

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20 May 2019 21:42:48 jmoore43 Changes to aircraft associations

Added a connection to A/C 41-24577.

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02 May 2018 03:21:48 Texag45 Changes to biography

Terrell Mullins

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roster