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Lieut William J. Brenner

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Lieut William J. Brenner

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 23 Jul 1944 (aged 26)
China
Burial Hanover Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 86752435 View Source
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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.


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  • Maintained by: dfr
  • Originally Created by: Marilyn Kosanke
  • Added: 14 Mar 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 86752435
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/86752435/william-j.-brenner : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut William J. Brenner (15 Aug 1917–23 Jul 1944), Find a Grave Memorial ID 86752435, citing Saint Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by dfr (contributor 47109209) .