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Lieut William J. Brenner
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1917
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jul. 23, 1944, China

His wife was Joan D Brenner, his father was Charles E Brenner.

2nd Lt. Brenner died piloting B-24J #42-100239, assigned to the 10th Air Force, 7th Bombardment Group, 492nd Bombardment Squadron. The bomber was nicknamed "Paulette" after movie star Paulette Goddard, who had christened the plane three months earlier when she visited the Pandaveswar India airbase on an entertainment tour.

At the time the squadron was being used to fly fuel and supplies from India over the Himalayas to the Chinese and United States Army Air Forces based in China.

On July 23, 1944, while on a gas hauling mission Lt. Brenner and his crew encountered storms, and the plane lost an engine. They were unable to maintain altitude so had to bail out. Brenner stayed at the controls to allow the other seven men to bail out and was unable to escape himself before the plane crashed. His final words to the crew were "I will circle the ship so we will land close together. Good luck."

The survivors later found the wrecked plane and buried Lt. Brenner. After the war his body was returned to the United States.
Saint Marys Cemetery
Luzerne County
Pennsylvania, USA
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Originally Created by: Marilyn Kosanke
Record added: Mar 14, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86752435
Lieut William J. Brenner
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Lieut William J. Brenner
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