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2007/12/24 10:23:16 (permalink)
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15th AAF

My grandfather turned 89 yoa in October and I bagan to wonder about his WW II service. He told me that he was in the 15 AAF 484 BG 825 Squadron that flew out of WPB Florida with Col. Keese to war. He stated that he served from April 1941 until 1945 when his unit was converted to the ATC and sent to Africa. My grandfather is Harvey Jackson Bramlett from Atlanta Ga. He was a radio man on the B24 and stated he was actually on the B24 out of WPB with Col. Keese. I would like to get some AAF patches with his unit because my Uncle cannot locate his uniforms since he has recently moved back to us from Alabama. After the war he went to work for the railroad here and was an avid hamm radio operator known as ( W4PIM). Do not know his rank. Anyone remember " Jack " or can direct me to locating patches from his unit, squadron? Thanks in advance. Merry Christmas to all.

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    RE: 15th AAF 2007/12/24 10:59:59 (permalink)
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    Welcome,  Guessing you've already checked the 484th BG forum on this site and Googled for a 484th BS association....?  You're more likely to find information searching for the group than his squadron.

    Combat Squadrons of the Air Force WWII shows the 825th BS did not have an emblem so you'll have to content yourself with the 15th AF emblem.

    The 825th was stationed at Harvard AAField Nebraska Sept 20, 1943 to March 2, 1944.  Torretto Airfield, Italy from April 8, 1944 then Casablanca, French Morocco May 25, 1945 to July 25, 1945.

    Campaigns were Air Offensive, Europe; Rome-Arno; Normandy; Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po Valley;  Air Combat, EAME Theater.

    Hope this helps your grandfather's memory banks.  Do google if you haven't already.
     
    Okay, couldn't help myself...check www.484th.org and the 484th site on this forum.  Maybe your grandfather can help out other folks looking for people in the group and squadron.  Google has some sites with a lot of photos of the 484th in action, might help your grandfather with memories.

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    post edited by Kasserine Kid - 2007/12/24 11:23:12

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    RE: 15th AAF 2007/12/24 11:54:54 (permalink)
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    Which A/C (name? S/N?) did he fly on?
     
    Patches for the 484th...
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    RE: 15th AAF 2008/01/15 13:17:00 (permalink)
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    I have the shipment order for Keese's crew and M/Sgt. Harvey J. Bramlet Jr. is listed as the radio operator.  Send me your e-mail address and I'll send you a scan of the order.
     
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    RE: 15th AAF 2008/01/25 17:49:48 (permalink)
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    Here is a picture of an original 825th Sq. patch.  The text says 824th but the bullets in the ammo belt indicate 8-2-5.  The 824th Sq. patch would indicate 8-2-4,
     
     

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    RE: 15th AAF 2008/01/25 17:50:39 (permalink)
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    Oops--I forgot the patch.

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    Re:15th AAF 2008/10/22 14:24:32 (permalink)
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    My father in law was George C. Poplin, Master Sergeant - Flight Engineer. He flew in Lt. Col Keese's crew from WPB to Torretto in 1943. The plane serial No. was 42-94736. We have a "Short Snorter" from the trip that has your grandfather's signature. Says he was listed as M/Sgt Jack Bramlet - radio operator. They were in the same crew going over. An earlier post from Dick Olson said he had a copy of Col. Keese's travel orders that had information about the crew. If you happen to have gotten a copy I would really appreciate it if you could send a copy to me or post it here. Also I have attached a link to the NARA enlistment record for Jack. His Army serial number was 14047943. Enjoy.
    http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=WR26
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    Re:15th AAF 2008/10/22 14:46:31 (permalink)
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    Me again - got a copy of travel orders from Dick - Thanks
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