Bradford, Sam H., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0737-Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1944-1945, M 0611, 881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Albany, TX
Last Address
Saipan, The Marianas

Casualty Date
May 24, 1945
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Flight Engineer Badge
Aerial Gunner Badge

 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Air Education and Training Command881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
  1940-1943, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1944, M 0611, Basic Aerial Gunner Course
  1944-1945, M 0611, 881st Bombardment Group, Very Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1945-1945 Asian-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-29 Superfortress  
  1944-1945, B-29 Superfortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Sam H. Bradford was born in Albany, Texas on September 8, 1913. He worked with his father on the family farm until 1940 when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. After basic training, he was trained as a Flight Engineer. He turned down a chance for instructor duty, and instead, volunteered to go to Aerial Gunnery school.

He was certified as a crew member on a B-29, and was sent to Saipan. Here, he began flying missions with the 881st Bomb Squadron of the 500th Bomb Group.

On May 24, 1945, his aircraft joined others for a multi-plane raid on Tokyo and vicinity. After bombing the South Tokyo dock area, Bradford's plane was hit by flak and crashed into Tokyo Bay. There was one survivor, who was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW.

After the war, remains taken from a Japanese military cemetery were identified as the 10 missing crew members. All remains were placed into one casket, and then buried at Zachary Taylor National Cemetery. A bronze plaque with ten names was posted above the grave.


SSgt Sam H. Bradford was the Flight Engineer and Fire Control Central gunner on B-29 #42-63486, unnamed but known as "Z Square 7" from its organizational tail code.

The events of the flight and incidents of the shoot-down and eventual crash are posted on the Remembrance profile of Captain Eugene M. Thomas, Jr, and will not be duplicated here.

Missing Air Crew Report 14488 applies.

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