MSgt. Francis J. "Brother Frank" Bracchi, ASN 19000289

Aircraft Mechanic / Crew Chief

10th Air Force / 7th Bombardment Group / 88th Reconn & 492nd Bombardment Squadrons

Enlisted: 14 Oct 40

(Image/Info Courtesy of Bracchi Family)

MSgt. Bracchi's Military Biography

Frank enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in October 1940. He was assigned to the 88th Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Bomb Group - Tenth Air Force stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1941, Frank attended Aeronautical University in Chicago, IL and completed the six month course. His unit was destined for Pearl Harbor but on December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the US naval base and his unit was rerouted to Brisbane, Australia. His unit spent only six weeks in Brisbane assembling P-40 aircrafts to be used in Java where the 88th unit was assigned, but the Japanese changed the unit's plans by invading the island.

The revised assignment for Reconnaissance Squadron was Karachi, India where it arrived in March 1942. In the early part of 1943, the Group was divided into the 492nd and 493rd Bombardment Squadrons. Frank was promoted as crew chief of the 492nd's airplane mechanics, maintaining B-17s and B-24s to be used in the China-Burma-India Theater. Living in Karachi was an experience that Frank was not fond of, and he expressed this every time he spoke about his army days. In 1945, Frank was assigned to Victorville Army Air Field as line chief of the B-24 squadron. He was honorably discharged from the Army on 14 Sep 45 with the rank of Master Sergeant at Fort MacArthur, CA. He was honored with an American Defense ribbon & bronze Star and an Asian-Pacific Theater ribbon & 3 bronze stars.


MSgt. Bracchi's Memorial

9th BS Personnel

7th BG Personnel