In Memory of
Army Air Corps 2nd Lt.
Alfred Earl Brammer, Jr.
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
May 11, 1921 – June 13, 1943
Killed in Action over the North Sea
Alfred Earl Brammer, Jr. was born in Bucklen, Missouri,
in 1921, to Minnie and Earl Brammer. He graduated from Belle Fourche High School
in 1939 and then went to Black Hills Teachers’ College in Spearfish.
Alfred enlisted in the Army
Air Corps on April 3, 1942, and attended flight training at Cal Aero near Los
Angeles, California, receiving his pilot wings and commission on March 10, 1943.
Before going overseas on May 1, 1943, Brammer was married to Gloria Brookins at
2nd Lt. Brammer
was a co-pilot on a B17E, Flying Fortress bomber, which flew missions over the
European theater of operations, with the 337th Bombardment Squadron,
96th Bombardment Group. On the twenty-third bombing raid over Berlin,
Germany, Brammer’s plane was disabled to the point that the crew had to abandon
the bomber; unfortunately Lt. Brammer was so severely injured that he had to be
helped from the plane; he did not survive the mission.
The War Department wrote to
the Brammer family on July 30, 1946:
I am writing to you relative to my
previous letter in which you were
regretfully informed that a finding of death had been made in the case
of your son, Second Lieutenant Alfred E. Brammer, Air Corps, and that
the presumptive date of his death had been established as 14 June 1944.
An official report has now been received that he was killed in action on
13 June 1943 in Germany.
The pilot of the plane
later came to Belle Fourche and recounted the story to Lt. Brammer’s father.
Although Brammer was officially listed as missing in action, his body was later
“found” in Belgium and a sealed coffin, supposedly carrying the remains of 2nd
Lt. Alfred Brammer, was brought to the United States in 1950.
Lt. Brammer is now buried
at Pineslope Cemetery in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Scott
A. Lewis, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South
Dakota, May 11, 1999 and updated 2002. Information for this entry was provided
by The War Years by Peggy Davis and Billie Jane Hamblin and an
application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment.