668th BS Patch

416th Bombardment Group (L)

1Lt. Blair Hodgson Bradford

Pilot,  O-742670

Killed In Action - May 20, 1944

668th Bombardment Squadron (L)


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      Born: 28-Jul-1915, Spanish Fork, Utah County, Utah

Entered Military Service: Date: 27-Mar-1941 From: Los Angeles County, California

Buried: Pomona Cemetery, Pomona, California

On-line Memorials:
National World War II Registry

Ex-Salt Laker Dies In France Flight

Lt. Blair H. Bradford, son of Frank H. Bradford, Pingree, Ida., and Mrs. Myrtle Bradford, Pomona, Cal., was killed in action over France. The bomber pilot previously was reported as missing May 20. An uncle, M. K. Bradford, resides at 1327-17th East. Lt. Bradford was an employee of the Hoover Co. in Salt Lake City.

He was born July 8, 1915, in Pingree, and attended high school in Blackfoot, Ida. He was inducted into the army in March, 1941; received his wings in May, 1943, and was assigned overseas last February.

He is survived by his parents, five brothers, Pft. Max Bradford, England; Alma Bradford, Pomonoa, Cal.; S/Sgt. LaMar Bradford, England; Floyd Bradford, Pomona, and Dean Bradford, Pingree; four sisters. Mrs. Grace Josephson, Pingree; Mrs. LaNore Harkey, Blackfoot; Miss Vee Bradford, Santa Barbara, Cal., and Mrs. Alma Hales, Spanish Fork.

Extracted from Newspapers.com

On 20 May 1944, Lt. Blair H. Bradford, with gunners Ssgt Vern E. McIver and Ssgt Clarence Gray was assigned to Mission 50 against Beauvais-Tolle Aerodrome in France. The flight was unable to locate the main target and dropped instead on the airfield at Montidier. Their aircraft was shot down by heavy flak. Lt. Bradford was killed in action. Both Ssgts Molver and Gray bailed out and were captured by German forces - Missing Air Crew Report MACR-4972.

See also Ryan Conroy's Lt. Blair H. Bradford - Mission 50 memorial blog.
(PDF Version)

A/C Last Sighted. Lost as a result of Enemy Anti-Aircraft. Plane hit by flak. Last seen going into clouds below formation with dinghy flying loose from cockpit.

Two planes were lost over enemy territory, ... From the planes that were lost, three chutes came from one, and two chutes from the other. The crews of the planes were Lt Blair H. Bradford, S/Sgt Clarence M. Gray, S/Sgt Vern E. Molver, Lt Michael E. Kleopfel, S/Sgt Ray Bankston, and S/Sgt LeRoy R. Shaw.
(416th BG History 1944)

See also MACR 4972 and Mission # 50

Photos and Documents
1920 US Census
1930 US Census
(Courtesy of and Ryan Conroy)
The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah) 6 Sep 1944, Wed - Page 13
The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah) 6 Sep 1944, Wed - Page 13
The Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah) 6 Sep 1944, Wed - Page 13
The Post-Register (Idaho Falls, Idaho) 10 May 1949, Tue - Page 6
Military Record
Military Record
Military Record
Headstone Application
Headstone Application
Rosters Of WW II Dead
WW II Army and Army Air Force Casualty List
National World War II Memorial Registry

Source information can be viewed at WWII Military Service Fatalities Sources

"Goin' Home" courtesy of the U.S. Air Force Band