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.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

On leave in Reihms
I have been corresponding with Martine Pasquet, a resident of Rennes, France. He has identified the locations of several of Dad's photos at the kodakgallery.com site. Photo 35 is at the Cathedral Notre Dame St Jacques, Rheims. Photo 39 is the Fountain Subé, Place d'Erlon, Rheims. See http://www.reims-web.com/ville/mt/erlon/erlon.shtml. The arrangement of the feet just below the top of the picture are consistent with the side of the fountain known as la Marne.
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Thursday, August 11, 2005

On the December 9, 1944, Dad participated in a mission to drop supplies to hard pressed troops of the 357th Infantry Division as they were making a crossing of the Saar River at Dillingen, Germany. I've started a new page on the materials I'm gathering to put together a story of this mission. See .
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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

I received an email today from Germany. Stefan's [last name unknown] hometown is Dillingen, Saar, Germany and he supplied the information that while attempting to cross the Saar River the 357th Inf Regt (90th Inf Div) was pinned down and in dire need of medical supplies. It was to this site that Dad participated in the plasma drop mission in their relief on 9-Dec-1944. I still need to get a copy of Mogin's Maulers which has an account of the mission given by Bob Searle. Dad was his wingman on that flight.
I'll be looking up the 357th Inf Regt and seeing what they have in their unit history.
10:29 am edt

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