Fred Pratt was a radio operator and gunner on a B-17F Flying Fortress, Serial number 42-30266 . He died non Battle on a practice flight. The airplane crashed while practicing formation flying over Easter England. Sgt Pratt who has seen action with the Eight AAF over enemy targets ranging from industries at Berlin, Germany to military installations along the Normandy coast, has been decorated with the Air Medal for meritorious achievement in aerial combat over Nazi Europe.

Son of James and Mary Pratt, Church Hill, Tennessee. He is buried at the Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England, A, 7, 6.

All crew members died 9 July 1944, Easton, England.
2nd Lt Frank G. Moore
2nd Lt Roger E. Ihde
2nd Lt Joe S. Stotler
T/Sgt Clarence H. Long
S/Sgbt Fred Pratt
Sgt Erik C. Johnson
Sgt Judson R. Giddings
Sgt William Negat Bluhm
Cpl Bennie Witliem Johnson

Rogersville Review, August 24, 1944
S/Sgt Fred Pratt, 21, B-17\ Flying Fortress radio operator and gunner, died in a plane crash while practicing flying formation over Eastern England, July 9, according to the massage received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Pratt of Church Hill.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of death: 9 July 1944
  • County: Hawkins
  • Hometown: Church Hill
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 569th Bomber Squadron, 390th Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Air Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Middle Panel
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