Marion Frank Bracha

Marion Bracha C.1944
Marion Bracha C.1944
Recent Address: 24855 S. Spruce Court, Crete, IL 60417
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Family Info: Parents: Adam and Felixsa; Wife: Helen; Sons: John ; Siblings: Sophie, Alexandria & Stanley
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Date Entered Service: March 15, 1943
Service Number: 36740388
Bomb Group: 40th
Squadron:
Squadron: 45th
Location of Unit: Clovis AFB (September, 1944)
Missions Flown: 17 and 2 aborted missions
Hump Missions:
Targets: Bangkok, Rangoon, Hamamatsu, Tokyo, Osaka, Sendai, Yokohama, Kobe, Himeji, Okayama, Takamatsu, Imabari, Fukuyama
Awards: Central Burma Campaign, China Offensive Campaign, Air Offensive Japan, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Battle Stars, Overseas Service Bar, Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal, 1st Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation
Service Schools: A&E Delgado Trade School 6/43 - 9/18/43; B-24 A&E Ford Motor Co. 9/43 - 10/29/43; B-29 A&E Boeing Superfortress Div. 2/44 - 5/6/44
MOS: MOS 737-Flight Engineer VHB
Rank Upon Discharge: S/Sgt
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 42-24915 Miss Donna Lee
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Date Transferred from the 58th: October 16, 1945
Date Discharged: December 15, 1945
Post WWII Service: USAF Reserve 12/15/45 to 8/22/52. Recalled to active duty USAF 8/15/50-8/17/51. C-97 Flight Engineer School at Kelly Field 11/20/50-1/16/51. MATS 1266 ATSQ Hickam AFB APO 953. C-97 Flight Engineer 1/51 - 7/51.
Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Electrical Engineer BSEE 6/54, Illinois Inst. Of Technology; Chief Engineer at Stewart Warner Electronics; Manager MIL PDS DIV of Zenith Radio Corp; Vice Pres., Electronics Div. of Bally Mfg. Corp.; Project Mgr. A-6 WSSA of Navy Dept; President & Owner of Reel Pro Video.
Thoughts About the 58th: It had a profound influence on reaching many of my decisions during subsequent years of my life. It also permitted me to enjoy a close and personal relationship with my flight crew members for over the last fifty plus years.
Comments: Etched forever in my mind is the memory of that most thrilling sight when we flew over Tokyo Bay while the Japanese were signing their formal surrender documents. The huge armada of B-29s was awe inspiring. It was the largest display of air power I've ever seen and I felt extremely proud being a part of that historical moment.
Mr. Bracha passed away on August 31, 2015.

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