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.

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Bad Kreuznach
I have been looking on the Web for information about Bad Kreuznach. I have found that it was the 4th Armor Division and the 1303rd Engineering Battalion that occupied Bad Kreuznach between March 16-18, 1945. See http://usarmygermany.com/USAREUR_City_BadKreuznach.htm. These would have been the units who would have accepted the men who surrendered to Dad and who sent him to the Evac Hospital. I'm looking to contact some of these units now.
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