Sgt Bert F Bredemeier

Sgt Bert F Bredemeier

Death 12 Apr 1943 (aged 22)
Papua New Guinea
Burial Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Section/Row 9, Lot 70
Memorial ID 26588920 · View Source
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Bert F. Bredemeier
Sgt, 5th Army Air Force, 43rd Bombardment Group, 64th Bombardment Squadron. Killed in action at 7 Mile Drome, Central Province, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 12 April 1943 in the crash of the B-17E bomber, "Blues in the Night", Serial #41-9209.

Mission History
While taking off on a bombing mission from 7-Mile Drome at 1:48am, the tire and rim came off this B-17 on take off which might have punctured the bomber's hydraulic system. The aircraft cleared the runway but at about 200 yards after
take off it caught on fire and crashed. The three 500 lb bombs aboard exploded and all on board were instantly killed. A dead wallaby was later found on the runway, but it is not known if this was the cause of the crash.

Crew Members killed in the crash.

Pilot Major Kenneth D. McCullar, O-393172 (KIA) Batesville, MS, Find A Grave #14665614

Crew 2nd Lt Byron G. Andrews, O-665265 (KIA) Washington, DC, Find A Grave #56114124

Crew 2nd Lt Blaine McCord Jr., O-733445 (KIA), Find A Grave #3607159

Crew 2nd Lt John W. Schultz Jr., O-662304 (KIA), Find A Grave #38732184

Crew T/Sgt Elmer R. Hansen, 16028554 (KIA) WI, Find A Grave #80382389

Crew S/Sgt Philip A. Zumwalt, 16019084 (KIA), Find A Grave #78835605

Crew Sgt Bert F. Bredemeier, 17038221 (KIA), Find A Grave #26588920

Crew Cpl George A. Mowad, 18089283 (KIA) TX, Find A Grave #3786288

Crew Pvt David W. Stuckey, 14068148 (KIA), Find A Grave #79212367

Crew S/Sgt Pierre R. O'Grady, 6146594 (KIA), Find A Grave #108567381

Crew S/Sgt Michael J. Paz Jr., 7021462 (KIA) NJ, Find A Grave #66059130

Crashed April 12, 1943 at 01:48

Information from PacificWrecks.Com.

Family Members


Killed in Action in New Guinea. He gave his life for God and Country and the last full measure of devotion to preserve the American Way of Life.

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  • Created by: Laurie Pieper
  • Added: 4 May 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26588920
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Bert F Bredemeier (22 May 1920–12 Apr 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26588920, citing Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Laurie Pieper (contributor 47002957) .