Home | Family

Back

Charles Seth WWII Era Photos & Info

Note: this is an ongoing research project. Please return often to learn more or view updated information.

Sgt. James (Jim) Nelson Branum, WWII B-24 Nose Gunner

Sgt. Jim Branum was the nose gunner in my great uncle Charles Seth's flight crew during WWII at the time of the plane's crash in Malmö, Sweden. Their crew was Crew #609, 786th Bomber Squadron, 466th Bomb Group, 2nd Air Division, 8th Army Air Force

Charles Seth: "I got to know Jim very well during the 5 months that we spent in Sweden. We didn't have much free time while in England, but lots of it while in Sweden..."

"While we were heading for Sweden and we knew the plane was badly damaged, we realized our hydraulic system was damaged and the nose turret, which Jim was in, wouldn't turn because we were low on hydraulic fluid, so he was stuck (Locked In). We had a manual system to turn the turret so the doors would open, so he could get out. As I was turning the crank, the chain kept creaking and cracking, and we were afraid it might break. Jim said to me, QUOTE Charlie if you break that chain I will haunt you the rest of your life (we laughed about it much later). The chain didn't break, we got him out Ok, and finished up getting ready for landing in Sweden."

Return to Main Page