TSgt. Norman J. Blazzard, ASN 18017964

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 436th Bombardment Squadron

Engineer / Gunner - Bryan Crew

Distinguished Flying Cross w/Oak Leaf Cluster    Air Medal

China-Burma-India Theatre Ribbon w/2 Battle Stars

(Images/Info Courtesy of Blazzard Family & 7th BGHF)

Sgt. Norman Blazzard

Bryan's Crew

Back, L-R: Capt. Merle G. Bryan (P), 1Lt. Robert J. Clarke (CP)
Capt. Chester R. Williams (N), TSgt. Roy R. "Blunt" Hagerich (B)

Front, L-R: TSgt. Norman J. Blazzard (E-G), TSgt. William B. Stripling (RO)
SSgt. Harold J. Everett (G), SSgt. Thomas L. Hendrix (G), SSgt. George G. Fraga (G)

Sgt. Blazzard

Blazzard, Fraga, TSgt. William E. Rooney & Stripling

Bryan, Clarke & Williams

Back, L-R: Everett, Clarke, Bryan, Williams, Blazzard

Front, L-R: Stripling, Fraga, Hagerich, Hendrix

Back: Williams (far right) and others from other crews

Front: Everett (far left), Fraga (2nd from right), Blazzard (far right), others from other crew

Everett (left) and Hendrix on way to bomb the Railroad Marshaling yards at Rangoon, Burma

From Sgt. Blazzard's Family

Norman John Blazzard was born at Thatcher, AZ. He attended elementary school and freshman year of high school in Thatcher before moving to Duncan, AZ and completed next three years of high school. He graduated in 1939.In fall of 1939 he lived in Salt Lake City, taking post-graduate course in school and attending ROTC until Christmas vacation. In 1940 he worked on the farm and in an underground mine until September when he left for State Noral School at Flagstaff, AZ where he was to attend school and play on the all-star football team. In November, he came home and asked his mother's permission to join the Air Force. He entered the Air Force on 30 November 1940 and served overseas during World War II as an Engineer-Gunner on B-24 flights over Burma and Chinese theatre. He married Hazel Cieutat of LaPlace, LA while stationed in New Orleans, on 17 December 1941.

After Pearl Harbor, he shipped out in early 1942 with the first B-24 to be used in the Far East with the 7th Bomb Group, known as the China-India Task Force stationed in Karachi, India. He was Sgt. Blazzard now and from various bases in India he flew a great many combat missions. He returned to the States in 1943. He received many decorations, included among them are the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and the China-Burma-India Theatre Ribbon with two battle credits. On November 11, 1944, while stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force base, five Arizona men were honored. Tech Sgt. Norman J. Blazzard received the Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross for participating in 400 hours of combat as an engineer-gunner over Burman, Thailand and the Andaman Islands.

Sgt. Blazzard's Find-A-Grave.com Memorial

436th BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel