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Army Air Forces 1
First Lieutenant 1
1920 2
Massachusetts 2
S.C. Training Acct. 1

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Joseph J Brady 2
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 2
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 2
1920 2
Massachusetts 2
S.C. Training Acct. 3
15 Oct 1944 3
Cause: WWII DNB 3
Place: Hampden County, Massachusetts 2

World War II 1

Army Air Forces 1
First Lieutenant 1

World War II 2

Army 2
Enlistment Date:
18 Dec 1941 2
Army Branch:
Medical Administrative Corps - For Officers only 2
Army Serial Number:
11017767 2
Enlistment Place:
Springfield Massachusetts 2
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 2
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 2
Semiskilled filers, grinders, buffers, and polishers (metal) 2
Race or Ethnicity:
White 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0058 2
Film Reel Number: 1.51 2

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Army Serial # 11017767 Joseph J Brady, Residence; Massachusetts, County Hamden.   Place of Enlistment, Springfield, MASS.  18 Dec. 1941 as an Aviation Cadet in the Army Air Corps.  He was single at Enlistment, White, citizen, had completed 4 years of High School, and was working as a semiskilled filer, grinder, buffer and polisher of metal.  Joseph was still single at enlistment.   Officer number was 0-791667.

50 Combat Missions;  Lt Joseph Brady apparently died here in the States, it is listed as "DNB" (Died Non-Battle) on 15 Oct. 1944.  (See very bottom of Article please). 

The first time Brady shows up is Sep 43 war diary – (note Schneider and Brady together).   Captain William J Schneider is the Pilot, Lt Joseph J Brady the Co-Pilot in the B-25 ALLY OOP Photo #42-32403.  He was in the 310th Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Squadron, from Sept.'43.

 He was one of people in the G swap from 321st to 310th – G’s and crews went to 310th, and 310th gave the 321st replacements. 

Brady flew 19 mission with the 321st, between 16 Nov 43 and 18 Jan 44 – most on 42-64599.  He returned to States in Feb 44.

321stBomb Group War-Diary;

21 Dec 43 - 446th BS War Diary:  Mission today with plenty of flak.  Lt Brady’s ship so badly shot up he had to crash land at home base.  No one injured in landing but Lt. Mastroianni got slight cut from flak.  Sgt. Cleveland bailed out of Lt. Fetterly’s plane over target.  Because of steep dive he evidently thought the plane out of control.

Brady, Joseph J., 2Lt, pilot     A/C No.   42-64599 “Old 99” (crash landed at base)

 P Brady, Joseph J., 1Lt   CP  Abraham, Frank W., 2Lt  N None B Mastroianni, Henry L., 2L

Brawn, Jean H., Cpl  Spoerl, Harry C., Sgt  G Thomas, Patrick (NMI), Sgt   F None

15 Jan 44 - 446th BS War Diary:  Lt. Brady finished his fiftieth today.

    Brady, Joseph J., 2Lt, pilot

 1 Feb 44 - 446th BS War Diary:  A big mail call with plenty of V-Mail gave morale a big boost.  A successful mission was flown and seven lucky combat men got their “going home” orders:  Lt. Brady, Lt. Pappas, Sgts. Barber, Haasch, Haughom, Kaney and Pilcher.

 Brady, Joseph J., Lt, pilot

National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.    Registry~NARA~War Department Files
Honoree Hometown Service Source     Joseph J. Brady Hampden County, MA U.S. Army National Archives    1 LT Joseph J. Brady ID: 0-791667
Branch of Service: U.S. Army  Hometown: Hampden County, MA   Status: DNB (DNB)
1930 Census; Agawam, Hampden Co. Massachusetts
Household Members: Name Age
Joseph J Brady/Head of Household/34
Mary E Brady/Wife/34
Joseph J Brady/Son/9
Dorothy M Brady/Daughter/8
Elizabeth F Brady/Daughter/7
Marianne Brady/Daughter/6


STATESIDE CRASH of TWO Light Bombers in Florence, South Carolina
1Lt. Joseph J. Brady was an Instructer at the Florence, SC Base
SIX men were Killed.  DNB

Lt Brady DIED the day BEFORE his 24th Birthday.

1 LT Joseph J. Brady  ID: 0-791667   Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Hampden County, MA   Status: DNB
2 LT Robert M. Nuckolls  ID: O-771760   Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Alameda, CA   Status: DNB
S SG William E. Rentz  ID: 14075370   Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Choctaw County, AL   Status: DNB
SGT  William L. Mann  ID: 33503161   Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Dauphin County, PA   Status: DNB
CPL William J. Collier  ID: 31406253   Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: New Haven County, CT   Status: DNB
William J. Collier   BRANCH OF SERVICE: U.S. Army Air Forces
HOMETOWN: Hamden, CT  HONORED BY: Walter Edward Collier, Jr., Brother
CPL Richard M. Lavinder  ID: 35770479   Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Mercer County, WV   Status: DNB

   57th Bomb Wing Historical Research Team; John T. "Lil' Butch" Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbara Connolly.

 Barbi Ennis Connolly 319th and 321st BG Historian. 

1LT Joseph John Brady Bio

Birth: Oct. 16, 1920
Agawam, Hampden County, Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 15, 1944
Lake City, Florence County, South Carolina, USA


Killed in a Training Mission Mid-Air

Son of Joseph John Brady and
Mary (nee Kelliher) Brady

First Lieutenant Joseph J. Brady was a
B-25 Medium Bomber Pilot; and served
with the 12th Air Force; 57th Bombardment
Wing; 321st Bombardment Group; 446th
Bombardment Squadron. He had been
stationed in the Mediterranean Theater
of Operations (MTO); and had completed
50 bombing missions over North Africa;
Corsica; Sardinia; Sicily; and Italy.

He returned to the U.S.; and after a
furlough, he was assigned to the
Florence Army Air Field, in Florence,
SC, as an instructional Pilot, with
the CCTS, (Training Squadron); 334th
Base Unit.

1Lt. Joseph J. Brady was killed in the
Mid-Air Collision of two light bomber
aircraft, A-20J's; about 5 to 10 miles
East-Southeast of Lake City, Florence
County, South Carolina.

1Lt. Brady was in A/C: A-20J; serial#:42-21561;
which collided with A-20J; serial#:43-22089.
A total of 6 crew members from both planes
were killed.

1Lt Brady was survived by his Mother,
Mary Kelliher Brady; his three younger
sisters, Dorothy M.; Elizabeth E; and
Marianna Brady; his Maternal Grandmother,
Mrs. John J. Kelliher; and many other
relatives; friends; and comrades.

He was preceded in death by his Father,
Joseph John Brady, Sr., a World War 1
U.S. Army VETERAN; and by his Maternal
Grandfather, John J. Kelliher.

Date: Thursday, August 27, 1942
Paper: Springfield Republican
Springfield, Massachusetts Page: 4

Agawam, Aug 26 (1942) -- Lieut Joseph
J. Brady, son of Postmaster Mary Brady,
of Agawam, has been recently assigned
to the bomb group at the Army Air Base
at Walterboro, SC. Lieut. Brady received
his primary training at Maxwell Field,
ALA; basic at Helena, ARK; and advanced
flying at Greenville, MISS; and Valdosta,
GA, where he received his wings and commission
on the 5th (05 August 1942).
Date: Sunday, September 26, 1943
Paper: Springfield Republican
Springfield, Massachusetts Page: 7


Two members of the family of Postmaster
Mary E. Brady, of Adams Street, Agawam,
are now in service. Her daughter,
Dorothy Marie Brady, having recently
enlisted in the Army Air Corps, will
report to duty Oct. 1 at Westover Field.
Her son, Lieut. Joseph J. Brady, who was
inducted into service Dec. 20, 1941,
has been in North Africa since May 30,

Miss Brady is a graduate of Agawam High
School and of Mercy Hospital Training
School for Nurses in February.

Lieut. Brady is also a graduate of Agawam
High School in 1938. He received his
training at Maxwell Field, ALA; Helena,
ARK; Greenville, MISS; and Valdosta, GA,
where he received his commission as a
Pilot August 4, 1942. He was then assigned
to Columbia, SC, and has since seen service
in Labrador and Greenland.

Miss Brady and Lieut. Brady are the children
of the late Joseph J. Brady, a Veteran of
World War 1.
Date: Tuesday, October 17, 1944
Paper: Springfield Republican
Springfield, Massachusetts Page: 7



First Lieutenant Joseph J. Brady,
son of Postmaster, Mary Brady, of
Agawam, was one of two officers
killed Sunday in the collision of
two light bombers near Lake City,
SC, which also took the lives of
four enlisted men, the Florence
Army Air Field in South Carolina,
announced yesterday. Both planes
were demolished.

Others killed in the crash were:

Second Lieut. Robert M. Nuckolls,
of Oakland, California.

Staff Sergt. William E. Rentz, of
Gilberton, California.

Sergt. William L. Munn, of Progress, PA

Corp. William J. Collier, of Hamden, CT.

and Corp. Richard M. Lavinder, of West Virginia.

A graduate of Agawam High School,
Lieut. Brady entered the Air Forces
in December 1941. He was commissioned
a Pilot at Valdosta, GA; and received
combat training at several bases in
this country before going into actual
combat. He saw action over Italy;
Corsica; Sardinia; Sicily; and Greece.
He won the Air Medal with Oak Leaf
Cluster. At the time of his death,
he was serving as an instructor at
the Florence Army Air Base, SC.

He leaves his mother; three sisters,
Lieut Dorothy Brady, of the Army Nurse
Corps, stationed in Clovis, NM; Elizabeth
E.; and Marianna; and his Grandmother,
Mrs. John J. Kelliher, of Spring Street,

The funeral will be held at the Curran-Jones
Funeral Home in West Springfield, with
Solemn High Mass of Requiem, at the Church
of the Immaculate Conception. Burial will
be in St. Michael's Cemetery.
Date: Friday, October 20, 1944
Paper: Springfield Republican
Springfield, Massachusetts Page: 12

The Military Funeral of First Lieutenant
Joseph John Brady, son of Mrs. Mary Brady,
of Adams Street, Agawam, will be held
this morning at 8:30 at the Curran-Jones
Funeral Home, West Springfield, followed
by solemn Requiem High Mass at Immaculate
Conception Church, West Springfield, at
9:30. Burial will be in St. Michael's

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