SSgt William Theodore Branstad

SSgt William Theodore Branstad

Birth
Winnebago County, Iowa, USA
Death 29 Mar 1944 (aged 34)
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 56759113 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 27, 1946.

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William served as a Staff Sergeant & Engineer / Gunner on B-25D #41-30040, 498th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Winnebago County, Iowa prior to the war.

B-25D #41-30040 took off, with a crew of 7 & other B-25's, from Nadzab Airfield, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea on a bombing mission over Dagua Airfield, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.

After a bombing run they were seen entering a cloud and were not seen nor heard from again. The entire crew was lost.

William was declared "Missing In Action" on this mission during the war.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # 37424438

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Airmen who perished on B-25D #41-30040:

Beattie, James J ~ S/Sgt, Photographer, CT
Branstad, William T ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, IA
Diedrichs, Orville H ~ T/Sgt, Radio Operator, CA
Foley, Bernard L ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, KY
Hochadel, Richard A ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, PA
Monteith, Leon ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, PA
Westfall, Wade ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, OR

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56759113
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSgt William Theodore Branstad (18 Jan 1910–29 Mar 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56759113, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .