Robert Brettell

1st Lt. Robert Brettell, 1945
1st Lt. Robert Brettell, 1945
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Family Info: Wife: Louise
Hometown: Terre Haute, IN
Date Entered Service: September 16, 1942
Service Number: 02065239
Bomb Group: 444th
Location of Unit: Great Bend, KS
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Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, China Offensive Campaign, Air Offensive Japan
Service Schools: Preflight Bombardier ; Advanced Bombardier ; Flexible Gunnery
MOS: MOS 1035-Bombardier
Rank Upon Discharge: 1st Lt.
Crew Type: Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name: 44-27307 Slave Girl
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Date Transferred from the 58th: December 23, 1945
Date Discharged: December 23, 1945
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Post WWII Civilian Occupation(s): Geophysicist, Chevron Oil (retired 1985).
Thoughts About the 58th: Robert (Bob) believed that his service was important to him and the country. He didn't speak much of his military service other than to say he had been stationed on Tinian at the same time as the crew of the Enola Gay and that he was not bothered by thoughts of the targets of his bombs - it was war and he had a duty. His passion for the military and for planes and flying was evident throughout his life.
Comments: Mr. Brettell passed away January 1, 1994 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
Bob's plane - Slave Girl
Bob Brettell, Christmas, 1990
Bob Brettell, Christmas, 1990

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