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15 Sep 1920 2
Louisiana 2
07 Sep 2006 2
Tempe, AZ 2

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Full Name:
Forrest Truett Nettles 2
Also known as:
THis is CORRECT Info! 2
Forrest T Nettles 1
Level of Education: 1 year of college 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
15 Sep 1920 2
Louisiana 2
Male 2
1882 1
Puerto Rico (Including Virgin Islands And Cuba) 1
07 Sep 2006 2
Tempe, AZ 2
Cause: Unknown 2
Place: EastBatonRouge County, Louisiana 1
31 Dec 1969 2

World War II 1

Army 1
Enlistment Date:
04 May 1942 1
Army Branch:
Air Corps 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
18139457 1
Enlistment Place:
Harding Field Baton Rouge Louisiana 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
B-25 Combat Pilot 2
WWII B-25 Pilot MTO 2
Position: Skilled RADIO Operator 2
Institution: ONE Yr. COLLEGE 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0284 1
Card Number: 3 1
Film Reel Number: 3.6 1

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Lt Forrest Nettles, B-25 Pilot, 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squad MTO


B-25 Combat Pilot, Lt Forrest Nettles
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Lt Forrest Nettles, Pilot 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb squad, B-25 MTO; 55 COMBAT Missions.

CORRECT INFORMATION;   # 18139457 - Forrest T Nettles was residing in Louisiana in the County of Baton Rouge and Forrest enlisted at Harding Field, Baton Rouge, Louisiana on 4 May, 1942 as a Private in the AAC / Air Corps. Forest was born in 1920 in Louisiana, is White, a Citizen and was working as a skilled Radio Operator after having completed one year of college. He was still single at enlistment.   (Please see CORRECTED info above, entered by Barbi. . . Fold3 has most of it wrong)

     SERVICE DATES:  4 May, 1942  TO  8 SEPT. 1945

~~~~~  321stBg,447thBS, Lt. Forrest Nettles, Pilot /55 Combat Missions  ~~~~~

Nettles, Forrest T., 1Lt, pilot (0-806120). He was assigned on 6 Mar 44 and left 11 Sep 44

Combat Missions were:

- Mar 8
- Apr 14
- May 14
- Jun 11
- Jul 8
 Total 55
   ~~~~ to date, HOWEVER it shows he flew  "60" Combat Missions   :)

WWII A2 jacket group for Lt. Forrest T. Nettles, 12th AF, 57th Bomb Wing,321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron, served from March to September 1944, 60 missions flown, in B-25 Mitchell's. Based at North Africa Tunisia Telergma Air Field, Italy Foggia Paestum Air Field, and Corsica Solenzara Air Field. The 12th AF and Squadron patches are Italian made. There is B1 summer cap with name and service number in cap, cap is in very good condition, flight suit in fair condition, size 44, there is six pictures, three are orignal WWII and the other three are copies. The A2 its self, which is in very good condition and a size 40, ( Note the jacket has another name on the inside, he got the jacket from a friend that was going home, Forrest name tag is on the jacket. Forrest enlisted in East Baton Rouge Louisiana on May 5, 1942 at Harding Field.  (see Jacket Photo's below)

321st BG Historical Research Team; John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly. Barbi Ennis Connolly, 321st Bomb Group Historian in the 57th Bomb Wing.  (2007-___)     Additions/ Corrections?

321stBG,447thBS, Lt Forrest Nettles, Pilot MTO


Lt Forrest Nettles was a Combat Pilot in the 321st BG, THIS is the 447th BOMB SQUAD EMBLEM!
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Hunter Field GA 13 Jan '44 Ship B 25 #43-3630 Pilot "ORDERS for Flight-Over-Forrest Nettles, BN) S Anderson, EG) R Engles, RG) R Champlain, AG) G O'Neil.

Hunter Field GA 13 Jan '44 Ship B 25 #43-3630 Pilot "ORDERS for Flight-Over-Forrest Nettles,
BN) S Anderson,
EG) R Engles,
RG) R Champlain,
AG) G O'Neil...

Lt Forrest Nettles

Corsica France

Forrest flew Combat in the "Yankee Girl"
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FORREST;   Nettles, Forrest T., 1Lt, pilot (0-806120). He was assigned on 6 Mar 44 and left 11 Sep 44

ARRIVED;   6 Feb 44 - 447th BS War Diary: Morning report: 62 officers; 246 enlisted men. No mission due to weather. The day was devoted to training which included local formation flying, PDI runs, and dropping bombs from wing racks. A class was conducted by Maj. Sampson and Capt. Olson on the theory of formation flying, for the flying officers. A class was held for all new gunners and two photographers on the stripping, care and malfunction of the cal. 50 machine gun. Major Sampson held a discussion for all flying officers on the things to expect and avoid on future operations. Capt. Manly held a class on aircraft identification for enlisted combat crew personnel. After the class a test was held, the winner was S/Sgt W.E. Mathews with a perfect score. S/Sgt. Wadlow DS Capri to duty. The following officers and enlisted men were assigned this organization: 2nd Lts. Forrest T. Nettles, Sherman E. Anderson, Ivan E. Dean, Gerald E. Fisher, Sgt. Robert W. Engels, S/Sgt. Robert S. Champlain, Sgt. Gerald G. O’Neil, Sgt. Grant W. Baldridge, S/Sgt. John F. McFarland, and Sgt. Fredrick J. Tarra.
Anderson, Sherman E., Lt, bombardier
Baldridge, Grant W., Sgt, gunner
Champlain, Robert S., S/Sgt, gunner
Dean, Ivan E., Lt, pilot
Engels, Robert W., Sgt, gunner Fisher, Gerald E., Lt, bombardier
Manly, Robert W., Capt, intelligence
Mathews, William E., S/Sgt, gunner
McFarland, John F., S/Sgt, gunner
Nettles, Forrest T., Lt, pilot
Olson, Robert C., Capt, pilot
Sampson, Raymond D. “Sammy”, Maj, pilot, Commander
Tarra, Frederick J., Sgt, gunner Wadlow, Verlin L., S/Sgt, communications

ASSIGNED to the 447th BS on 6 March,'44 and..... First mission 9 Mar 44:

A/C No. 42-64694 “Yankee Girl”
P Beebe, Harwood (NMI), Jr., 1Lt
CP Nettles, Forrest T., 2Lt
N None
B Stewart, William W., S/Sgt
E Koecher, Robert W., Sgt
R McFarland, John F., S/Sgt
G Sinclair, Ralph (NMI), Sgt
F Statham, Alvin F., Cpl

He flew with a couple of different crews, and then settled in with this plane and crew on 15 Mar 44.

A/C No. 42-64553
P Tompkins, Howard D., 1Lt
CP Nettles, Forrest T., 2Lt
N None
B Lundmark, Norman J., 2Lt
E Collins, Clint R., Sgt
R Shields, James B., S/Sgt
G Blalock, Joe T., Sgt
F None

Beginning of May, he was back and forth between pilot and co-pilot with John Nall. Steady 1st pilot beginning 15 May – this was the crew:

A/C No. 43-4060
P Nettles, Forrest T., 2Lt
CP Nall, John G., 2Lt
N None
B Stanley, Edward J., 2Lt
E Quintenz, Robert P., Sgt
R Orloff, Sidney (NMI), S/Sgt
G Roberts, Herman (NMI), S/Sgt

321st BG Historical Research Team;  John T Fitzgerald, Patti Johnson and Barbi Ennis Connolly.  Barbi Ennis Connolly is the 321st BG Historian (2007-___)

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