Memorial marker at Helmdon Air Base, England.
8th AF, 92nd BG, 327th sqn, stationed Podington, Alconbury & Bovingon England, Northhamptonshire
Sharon Belle B-17F 42-30408 exploded near Astwell Castle, Nov 30, 1943, mission was planned for Solingen, scrubbed because of weather. Cause of explosion never determined, all crew lost. Complete disintegration of bodies, markers are memorials for uniforms, dog tags, etc.
Brannan, Henry P., USAAF - Awarded: Silver Star - World War II, served as gunner, listed as tail gunner for his final mission.
Henry P Brannan
Birth Year: 1917
Race: White, citizen (White)
State of Residence: California
County or City: Tulare
Enlistment Date: 30 Sep 1941
Enlistment State: California
Enlistment City: Presidio of Monterey
Branch: Air Corps
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade Code: Private
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Selective Service within 3 months of Discharge 11 punch
Education: Grammar school
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Acc to Randy Watkins, who worked at Jefferson Barracks:
Some remains were recovered at the time of the accident and those remains could not be positively identified, therefore, they were assumed to be the remains of Brannan, Glaspell, Munro, Pugh or Slayton. That is why those five names are on the headstone.
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