Brennan, Paul T., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Air Crew (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1944
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
Not Specified
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
32nd Bomb Squadron
Cerignola, Italy

Casualty Date
Feb 24, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot D, Row 1, Grave 20

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)301st Bombardment Group, Heavy  32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 301st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 611, 32nd Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Strangle
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Anzio Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1943-1944, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
The enlistment records for Paul Thomas Brennan state he was born in New Jersey in 1921. No census data or parentage has been located.

He enlisted on August 18, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey. He had completed 2 years of high school, and was employed as a semi-skilled electrical products manufacturing agent.

He was trained as an aerial gunner, and sent overseas to North Africa in mid-1943. He flew at least 40 combat missions. On February 24, 1944, his crew was taking part in a bombing raid on Steyr, Austria. On the return trip to home base, inclement weather was encountered.

The pilot of the aircraft, attempting to avoid a low cloud bank, veered to the left, and hit a mountain, crashing the aircraft and killing all the crew. The bodies were recovered and removed the next day.

Apparently, the dead were buried locally as after the war, they were recovered and buried in various cemeteries. SSgt Paul T. Brennan is buried in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Italy in Plot D, Row 1, Grave 20.
NARA Enlistment Records


SSgt Paul T. Brennan was the assigned ball turret gunner on B-17G # 42-31478, not named, assigned to the 32nd Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2633 contains details of the loss. Mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

2 Lt Cecil R. Robertson  p
2 Lt George M. Barnes  c-p
2 Lt Marvin E. Cobrin  nav
2 Lt William G. Doll  bomb
TSgt William F. Fortier  eng/tt gun
TSgt Patrick B. Nugent  r/o
SSgt Paul T. Brennan  btg
SSgt Grady A. Giles  wg
SSgt  John Janek  tail gunner

Ranks and grades as of mission date.

NOTE: All of SSgt Brennan's Air Medals were awarded on 301st Bomb Group General Orders 204/205 dated April 12, 1944.


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