1st Lt Brandon D Nuttall, 0708752
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At Etain, France. Photo by Bob Searl.
(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.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Leave in Cannes
I got an e-mail today from Bob Mower. He went on leave with Dad twice. They had Combat Crew Leave in Paris, February 21-22, 1945, and seven days of Rest Leave at the Martinez in Cannes from March 6-13, 1945. If you look up the history of the Hotel Martinez on the web, you'll find it was used as a headquarters by the Army Air Corp. The owners created the Cannes Film Festival and it remains the headquarters of that event.
6:09 pm edt

Newsletter arrived
I returned from my conference in Vancouver, BC, and found the 362nd Fighter Group Association Summer Newsletter awaiting me. I'll be copying it to share with all the family members. The newsletter announces a "Pig Pickin'" BBQ in Goldsboro, NC at the end of October. If I can, I'm going to try and be there.
As you are aware, military service records of our Presidential candidates are in the news. For comment, I'll simply summarize Dad's citations. Checking the timeline, Dad was named in a unit citation for action at the harbor at Brest, France that took place while he was flying training missions in a P-51 in England. He was named in a citation for a plasma drop mission during which he was one of the pilots dropping supplies to the stranded infantry unit. Finally, he was not named in the citation that was issued in recognition of a mission he flew two days before he was shot down. That is, if he was listed as being in the unit on the date the citation was issued, he was listed and recognized. One final comment, no soldier nominated himself for any recognition other than by his own conduct.
11:34 am edt

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