GEORGE BRYAN FRENCH
|The Citadel Class of:||1931|
|Cadet Company:||not available|
|Hometown:||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Family:||Robert Strange French (father), Mary Middleton Bryan French (mother), Robert S. French, Jr. (brother), Mary Middleton French Harrison (sister)|
|Branch of Service:||U.S. Army Air Forces|
|Entered the Service from:||Louisiana|
|Squadron:||487th Bomber Squadron|
|Group:||340th Bomber Group|
|(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)|
|Date of death:||23-Apr-43|
|Place of death:||Over Tunisia, North Africa|
|Awards:||Air Medal, Purple Heart|
|Gravenumber:||Tablets of the Missing|
|Cemetery:||North Africa American Cemetery|
Group was flying out of El Maou airdrome, Sfax, Tunisia which had been captured from Axis forces two weeks earlier. Mission target was 246km due north, Soliman airdrome, located a few km southeast of Tunis on the Mediterranean coast.
“On Good Friday, April 23, Lts. Flack and Johnson and their respective crews participated in a 12th – 340th attack on an enemy airdrome at Soliman [Tunisia], at dusk, after turning back from the same target earlier in the day because of failure of the fighter escort to meet them. In the evening, however, the required fighters were on hand to meet the bombers from El Maou, and accompanied by A-30’s (Baltimores) and A-20’s (Bostons) the raiders went through heavy flak to smash their target. Lt. Johnson’s plane was shot down in flames and he and his crew were recorded “Missing in Action.” With him were 1st Lt. William B. Hille, co-pilot; 1st Lt. Joseph F. Schooley, bombardier; T/Sgt. George B. French, and S/Sgt. Spencer Bomberger. No enemy aircraft were encountered” Source: War Diary, 487th Bombardment Squadron, 340th Bombardment Group, March 29, 1943 – August 31, 1943
“Friday, 23 April 1943 (Northwest African Air Force): In Tunisia, Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-25’s and B-26’s bomb vehicles and the railroad at Mateur, the Mateur-Bedja road and Arbatax harbor in Italy. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) fighters, A-20’s, and medium bombers carry out a large number of missions against positions in NE Tunisia and particularly along the battleline area from near Pont-du-Fahs N to the Mediterranean as the US II Corps begins a drive on Bizerte in the Jefna-Sidi Meftah area. In the Mediterranean, B-17’s attack vessels N of Sicily.” Source: Combat Chronology of the US Army Air Forces
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