Bader, Nahannie, 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
1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 509th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1943
USAAFEnlisted Collar Insignia
Staff Sergeant

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
RAF Polebrook, England

Casualty Date
May 29, 1943
MIA-Finding of Death
Not Specified
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Brittany, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot H, Row 1, Grave 13
Military Service Number
Not Specified

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Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aerial Gunnery School509th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, Aerial Gunnery School
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 611, 351st Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 611, 509th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1943, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
According to his enlistment record, Nahannie Bader was born in Massachusetts in 1919. He enlisted in Boston as a private in the Army Air Forces on January 17, 1942. He had completed 4 years of high school.

He received basic training and was assigned to aerial gunnery school. Upon completion of this course, he was assigned to the newly-activated 351st Bomb Group at Geiger Field, Washington. Inclement weather prevented full-time flying training, so the unit was moved to Biggs Field, Texas, to prepare for overseas deployment.

As a member of a combat crew, Bader deployed with this unit to Polebrook RAF Station in England, arriving in November 1942. Combat crew training continued until the crew was certified and assigned to a bombing mission. Their first mission was flown on May 13, 1943, but they received no credit as the aircraft suffered a mechanical failure and the run was aborted. Five more missions were quickly flown, with the last on May 29, 1943.

This was to be a strike against the submarine pens at St. Naizare, France. Shortly after the bombs were dropped, flak knocked out two engines. Fighters attacked, and as they withdrew, a flak shell burst in the open bomb bay, the doors not yet closed. This blast killed three gunners, and the aircraft went into a dive.

The remaining crew members managed to bail out, but were captured upon landing.

SSgt Nahannie Bader is buried in the Brittany American Cemetery at St. James, France. He lies in Plot H, Row 1, Grave 13.
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SSgt Nahannie Bader was in the position of left waist gunner on B-17 # 42-29838, nicknamed "Concho Clipper," assigned to the 509th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16399 and mission loading lists state the crew was composed of:

Lt Col J. Russell, Jr      p
F/O Leo Griketas     c-p
2 Lt Roy P. Stealey     nav
2 Lt Charles B. Woerhle     bomb
SSgt Charles T. Eaton    eng/tt gun
TSgt James E. Welk      r/o
TSgt Wayne I. Baldwin     btg
SSgt Nahannie Bader     lwg
SSgt Maurice A. McLaughlin    rwg
SSgt Frederick D. Williams, Jr     tail gun

Sgts Welk, Bader, and Baldwin were killed; the others were captured.

Some loading lists give another crew member as Lt C.J. Russell, pilot. Most lists do not have this. It is either a regularly assigned pilot who didn't fly the mission, or a misinterpretation of Col. Russell's name. There is no record for Lt Russell as POW.

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