Sgt Francis W Brodley


Sgt Francis W Brodley

Death 26 Feb 1945
Wassigny, Departement de l'Aisne, Picardie, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot A Row 5 Grave 43
Memorial ID 56371355 View Source

Son of Mrs. Mary E. Brodley who resided in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Francis served as a Sergeant on B-26B "Holy Moses" #42-96124, 597th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Middlesex County, Massachusetts prior to the war.

Francis was "Killed In Action" when his B-26 crashed near Wassigny, France while on a bombing mission to Germany during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 11058151

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Airmen who perished on B-26B #42-96124:

Brodley, Francis W ~ Sgt, MA
Curran, Robert J ~ 1st Sgt, NY
Moore, Edward L ~ Sgt, WA
Pierson, William F ~ Sgt, GA
Potschner, John T ~ 2nd Lt, Pilot, OH
Reading, John W ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, MA

Bio & Crew Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett


Below mission info submitted by "Andy".

He was serving on a B-26 #42-96124 named "Holy Moses" which took off from home base on a combat mission to a target in Germany. While going up through a cloud layer above the base the plane became separated from the from the formation. When the flight broke out of the clouds at 4000 feet the plane was not seen. The aircraft crashed and burned and part of the bomb load of 8 500lbs General purpose bombs exploded. So far as known all members on the crew of 6 were in the plane at the time of impact and no one survived. Of the six bodies in the plane is was possible to identify just that of Lt Postchner the pilot. The accident was believed due to an electric malfunction in the cabin.



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