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, May 6, 2005

Back to the drawing board
Well, I haven't had much luck. On a recent trip to Washington, DC, I had a chance to visit the National Archives. I wanted to check a copy of the ship's log for PC-489 might be available and whether I could see the MACR data. After going through security, I was informed that all the records I was interested in were at College Park, MD. Oh well. Anyway, when I got home from the trip, an envelope was awaiting me from the National Archives. My copy of MACR 13165 had arrived. It was microfiche and on inspection was for a pilot from the 362nd who was lost on March 18 over Bad Kreuznach, but he was from the 377th, not the 379th and not Dad. I'll keep trying.
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