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BRADLEY, ROBERT F. July 11, 1921 to January 23, 2013 Robert "Bob" Francis Bradley, age 91, served courageously in the US Army Air Corps in WW II. His crew was one of only six that completed a full tour of 30 missions with the ill-fated 492nd Bomb Group in Europe. Casualties in that Group were horrific. WW II combat statistics list casualty rates per 1000 combatants for the US Army at 24 and the US Marines at 29. The casualty rate for the 492nd was 442. Bob served as a Technical Sergeant on his B-24 Liberator bomber, charged with arming weaponry and patching-up battle damaged machinery and equipment in-flight to support the completion of each mission and the safe return of his crew. His pilot credits Bob with "saving their butts" on multiple occasions. The crew felt so highly of Bob that they agreed to name their plane "Alice" after Bob's mother. Bob was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal for his service to our country. After retiring from a civil service job as an industrial engineer at the North Island Naval Station, Bob enjoyed many hobbies, including golfing with his men's group, and performing with the San Diego Choraleers, where he displayed his fine singing talents as an Irish tenor and his woodworking skills building many of the sets for their musical productions. One of his last stage performances was with the cast of "Sentimental Journey", a USO show style tribute to WW II veterans put on at the Alpine Community Center. Bob was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 70 years, Dorothy Ann Bradley. He is survived by his children, daughter Carol Ann Stone and son Robert Francis Bradley, Jr., both of San Diego. A Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 7th, at Saint Luke Catholic Church, 1980 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, with inurnment to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, San Diego, with full military honors.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 5, 2013
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