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Robert Brettell

1st Lt. Robert Brettell, 1945

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Family Information:

Wife: Louise


Terre Haute, IN

Date Entered Service:

September 16, 1942

Service Number:


Bomb Group:




Location of Unit:

Great Bend, KS

Missions Flown:


Hump Missions Flown:





Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, American Campaign Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Central Burma Campaign, India-Burma Campaign, China Offensive Campaign, Air Offensive Japan

Service Schools Attended:

Preflight Bombardier ; Advanced Bombardier ; Flexible Gunnery

Military Specialty(ies):

MOS 1035-Bombardier

Rank Upon Discharge:

1st Lt.

Crew Type:

Flight crew

Airplane Serial No.& Name:

44-27307 Slave Girl

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Were you interned?


Date Transferred from the 58th:

December 23, 1945

Date Discharged from the 58th:

December 23, 1945

Post-WWII Military Service:


Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):

Geophysicist, Chevron Oil (retired 1985).

Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:

Robert (Bob) believed that his service was important to him and the country. He didn't speak much of his military service other than to say he had been stationed on Tinian at the same time as the crew of the Enola Gay and that he was not bothered by thoughts of the targets of his bombs - it was war and he had a duty. His passion for the military and for planes and flying was evident throughout his life.


Mr. Brettell passed away January 1, 1994 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA


Bob's plane - Slave Girl


Bob Brettell, Christmas, 1990


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