Bertrandias, Victor Emile, Maj Gen

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major General
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1946-1949, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1917 - 1955
Officer Collar Insignia
Major General

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1894
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Oakland/San Francisco, California
Last Address
Los Angeles, California

Date of Passing
Mar 18, 1961
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 30 Lot 525

 Official Badges 

Headquarters Air Force WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
It is sure that he flew quite a few different types of aircraft but specific evidence can only be found for 2. He was credited with destroying 1 enemy aircraft while manning a B-24 gunner's position in 1943. He also was a vice-president of Douglas Aircraft Co. while a reservist.
Some sources say that he was born May 14, 1893 instead of 1894.

Citation of his Soldier's Medal:
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 Soldier's Medal to Major General Victor E. Bertrandias (ASN: 0-267231/A), United States Army Air Forces, for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy, on 31 July 1945 while participating in aerial flight from Mather Field, California to Okinawa. A member of the crew accidentally discharged a Very rocket pistol within the cockpit of the B-17G type aircraft and the rocket ricocheted from the pilot's compartment to the navigator's compartment below. Major General Bertrandias, with complete disregard for his personal safety, dove from the co-pilot's seat into the navigator's compartment, called for a fire extinguisher and in the meantime beat at the burning rocket flare with a map which had been on his lap. He pushed the still burning rocket through the bottom of the compartment and it fell in two pieces to the ocean below. By localizing the signal flare, he prevented spread of the fire and further damage to the aircraft. Oxygen bottles and gasoline lines were within inches of the burning rocket. Major General Bertrandias injured his knee and groin in the act. Once the fire had been extinguished and a careful check made of the airplane, he ordered the flight to continue. Major General Bertrandias' quick thinking and prompt action undoubtedly saved the aircraft and all aboard from instantaneous death from explosion. His courage and heroism are in the highest traditions of the military service.
General Orders: Headquarters, 8th Air Force, General Orders No. 16 (August 21, 1945)

Action Date: 31-Jul-45

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major General

Division: 8th Air Force
   
Other Comments:
Sources:
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=824
http://www.dmairfield.com/people/bertrandias_ve/
http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/vebertrandias.htm
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40827325
http://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/107727/major-general-victor-e-bertrandias/

http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=45084 

https://www.ancestry.com

   
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Army (USA)United States Army Air ServiceUnited States Army Air Corps (USAAC)US Army Reserve (USAR)
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Air Force Reserve Command
  1917-1918, US Army (USA)
  1918-1926, United States Army Air Service
  1926-1929, United States Army Air Corps (USAAC)
  1929-1942, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1942-1946, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1946-1949, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1942-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1945 World War II
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1943, B-24 Liberator
  1945-1945, B-17 Flying Fortress
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