1st Lt Brandon D Nuttall, 0708752
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At Etain, France. Photo by Bob Searl.
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(L-R) Art Wildern, Jr., Leo Szarfinski, Brandon Nuttall, Barton Townsend Williams.

I am researching my father's military service. Brandon D. Nuttall, serial number 0708752, was a P-47 pilot. He trained at Eagle Pass, Texas and Page Field, Florida. He served in the 9th Air Corp, 19th Tactical Air Command, 100th Fighter Wing, 362nd Fighter Group, 379th Fighter Squadron from October, 1944 to March 1945. All combat missions were flown from two airfields in France: A-79 (Prosnes) and A-82 (Etain). He received a unit citation, air medal, and oak leaf clusters during the course of 46 combat missions. One mission was in relief of Allied infantry trapped in a woods near Saurlatern, Germany, when he helped drop medical supplies to the troops. He was shot down near Bad Kreuznach, Germany, on March 18, 1945. He sustained a broken arm in the crash and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was captured, but within two days his captors surrendered to him. He turned them over to Allied infantry occupying the town. My dad almost never spoke of his WWII experience and passed away in 1982.
 
This BLOG is a record of my research to put his story and the records I have together. If you find this site, I would appreciate your comments. If you are a P-47 pilot or maybe served with and remember my dad, your stories and information are appreciated.

Friday, July 30, 2004

Ofoto album
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8:54 am edt

Photo album
Today, I sent my application for honorary membership in the 362nd FGA. I'll be looking forward to getting the newsletter.

I'm getting close to the space limit of this web site, so I've posted an album of photos at www.ofoto.com/I.jsp?c=imere03.ans3yb27&x=1&y=-rkcwc . I'll have to resize the current photos to reclaim some space.
8:48 am edt

Monday, July 19, 2004

Links
The links and picture pages are now up. Thanks, Mary, for the flight jacket.
9:07 pm edt

Saturday, July 17, 2004

"Curtis" and the picture
Messages about what I've added to the site, while not fun, tell you that things are changing. This, however, is about a dividend reaped by posting a picture.

In the picture of 4 soldiers, on the right, next to my father, is Barton Townsend Williams. When I passed on the information to my mother that the people in the photo were now known, it sparked her memory. My middle name is Curtis. I knew my middle name was after a friend of my father's named "Curt" (I didn't remember the last name). I never met Curt, but I knew he lived in Minnesota and for years would send us the best wild rice every Christmas. My father named me after BT's father, Curt Williams. I'm not sure how I came to be named after Barton's father rather than Barton.
6:24 pm edt

Friday, July 16, 2004

Personnel at Etain identified
I receive a delightful e-mail from Art Wildern stating he knew the people in the photograph. Art said, "the well dressed chap on the left with Derby hat, pull-over pajama top and striped pajama bottoms with I believe, canvas and leather Wellingtons is yours truly, Arthur P Wildern Jr. No question next is Leo Zarfinski (later changed his name to Haley). Then Brandon Nuttall and finally, Barton Townsend Williams. Wildern, Zar, and Williams had been together since stateside RTU and maybe Aviation Cadets Class 43 K." I have uploaded a higher resolution version of the picture, so click on it and you can see it better.
 
I have posted some pictures of a P-47 I took at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo. I also have some pictures from an air show in Evansville, Indiana, but it's getting late. For right now, the Evansville page is basically a copy of the Kalamazoo page with some of the text changed.
11:33 pm edt

Pilot Log
Portions of Brandon Nuttall's Pilot Log concerning flights and missions while he was on active combat duty in England and France have been posted.
9:16 am edt

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Combat missions
I've finished transcribing the Pilot Log and posted the combat missions recorded there. They are marked with red dates.
11:04 pm edt

Biography added
As I contact people who knew Dad it occurred to me that one of the first questions would be "What happened to him? Where'd he go?, and What'd he do?" I have provided a short summary. Link is in navigation bar at top of page.
7:37 pm edt

Site created
Site created. I'll go with the Earthlink templates for now. The main part of the site is currently the timeline. I will be transcribing the Pilot Log and adding information from it next. As for the entry for Brest, France, dad was included in the unit citation for this action, but was transitioning in a P-51 in England at the time. He joined the unit shortly after the mission. He had crashed before the date the Unit Citation was issued.
 
Another thing to note: he crashed on 18-Mar and by 22-Mar he was apparently in an Evac Hospital facility. He didn't wander the German countryside with his captors for as long as 2 weeks (as told in some newspaper accounts).
9:16 am edt

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