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.

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Missing Air Crew Reports
I have found a web site, www.armyairforces.com, that provides a list of Missing Air Crew Reports (MACR). For the date, March 18, 1945, there is only one report for a P-47 from the 362nd, MACR #13165. Airframe with serial number 42-28848 was lost. I suspect this is the report of the investigation into Dad's being shot down (eyewitness accounts and others). Anyway, I'm trying to get a copy; I suspect the records are available at the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB.
 
Speaking of the AFHRA, there are two interesting books (posted as pdf files) on the airfields used by allied forces in Britian and, after D-Day, in France and Germany. The airfields A-79 and A-82 are identified. I have located their vicinity east of Paris, near the border between France, Luxemburg, and Germany. Across the German border, you will see Bad Kreuznach. I'm trying to identify Etain and some of the other targets cited in Dad's pilot's log.
 
On one map, the name Ardennes is draped across the area. This, of course, was the site of some of the most intense fighting in Europe (after D-Day). In Viet Nam, they used to describe combat as going "into the shit." Well, that is where Dad was during WWII.
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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Air Force Historical Research Archives
I received a call from a Lexington, Kentucky, resident who was a P-47 pilot in France from September, 1944, to May, 1945. He was with the 324th Fighter Squadron and so flew similar missions to roughly the same locations as Dad. He didn't know Dad. Anyway, he provided me with some information about the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. They may have mission reports and other historic documents. I've contacted them and added the agency to the links pages.
 
On another note, I located a web site called Accident-Report.com. They list that an accident report is available for Brandon D. Nuttall dated 1945. Assuming it is a description of the events of March 18, 1945, I have requested a copy. They may be getting it from the A.F. Historical Research Agency, but I don't know.
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