Braemer, Fred Anthony, Capt

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Last Rank
Primary Unit
1945-1951, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1935 - 1966
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Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Seattle, Washington
Last Address
Niangua, Missouri

Date of Passing
Feb 02, 1989
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Lincoln, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section G Lot 12 Grave 102

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired AAFTTC Instructor

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2017, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the bombardier in crew #1 on the Doolittle Raid.
His DFC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Staff Sergeant Fred Anthony Braemer (ASN: 6875923), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Bombardier of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Sergeant Braemer with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces 

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew No. 1 (Plane #40-2344, target Tokyo): 34th Bomb Sq, L-R: Lt. Henry A. Potter, navigator; Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, pilot; SSgt. Fred A. Braemer, bombardier; Lt. Richard E. Cole, co-pilot; SSgt. Paul J. Leonard, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)




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Navigator Observer (basic)
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, MediumDoolittle Raiders (composite group)
10th Air ForceUSAAF Training CommandAir Force Reserve Command
  1935-1938, US Army (USA)
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1940-1942, AAF MOS 509, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 509, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 509, 10th Air Force
  1943-1945, AAF MOS 509, USAAF Training Command
  1945-1951, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1943 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
  1942-1943 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/China Defensive Campaign (1942-45)
  1952-1953 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-18 Bolo  B-23 Dragon  B-25 Mitchell  B-29 Superfortress  
B-47 Stratojet  
  1940-1940, B-18 Bolo
  1940-1941, B-23 Dragon
  1941-1943, B-25 Mitchell
  1951-1953, B-29 Superfortress
  1953-1957, B-47 Stratojet
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