Biography of George Bragdon
Waist Gunner, U.S.A.A.F.
My father's name is George H. Bragdon. He was a waist gunner in B17s in the Army Air Force. He flew on two aircraft, Sunnies Big Stoop (possibly 42-30452) and Jimmy Boy II, both B17Fs. They landed in North Africa in I believe August of 1943 after getting lost on the original bombing run.
He was shot down, I believe on January 8, 1944. He was on his 21st mission. He was shot down the same night the guy who wrote the book "For You the War is Over". He was in Stalag17 Jan 8th or so until the end of the war.
I have a photo of him and another guy drinking in a bar. The other guy was an officer from our home town that was also in part of stalag 17. The other guy drinking turned out to become the minister of our church.
One of his crew mates was named Earl Campbell. They became separated and for 42 years they thought each other was dead. Earl bumped into a woman from our home town at a convention and said he knew a George Bragdon from there that was killed during the war. She said.well I know one still living there that was in the Army Air Corp. She gave him his number and that was 1983 and they have been visiting each other ever since. My father had thought he was dead because he'd heard the tail gunner of that plane had been killed....what he didn't know was that Earl had switched planes.
My father's been to lots of POW reunions in the past 15 years.
B17F Jimmie Boy II, Photograph, George Bragdon, USAAF
B17F Sunnies Big Stoop, Photograph, George Bragdon, USAAF
Group Photograph, Men on B17 Wing, George Bragdon, USAAF
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