Cumberland Falls by: James E. Lawson

World War II

Ulys G. ADKINS Jr., 76, retired plumber, World War II veteran, Whitley County,
husband of Mazie Adkins, died 15 June 1998   Hart Funeral Home.


Harold Adrian Brassfield   Staff Sergeant
Born: 1 June 1923 - Gatliff, Whitley Co., Kentucky
Years of Service: 7 December 1942 - 6 March 1944
Branch of Service: USAAF
Unit:  388th Bomb Group (Heavy) - 562nd Bomb Squadron - 8th Air Force
Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/3 OLC, Purple Heart
S/Sgt. Harold A. Brassfield, "Ad" to his friends, was a tail gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress named "Blitzing Betsy."  At the time he served with the 8th AF, it was required that a crew member fly 25 missions to complete his tour.  S/Sgt. Brassfield flew his 25th mission on 6 March 1944, which fate had was the first full scale U.S. raid on the German capital of Berlin.  S/Sgt. Brassfield and his crew made it to Berlin and dropped their bombs suffering some minor anti aircraft damage.  On the return trip to England, "Blitzing Betsy" was attacked by German fighters, set afire which led to a collision with another B-17, and then exploded.  During this time S/Sgt. Brassfield reported shooting down a German fighter and immediately being seriously wounded.  He was unable to bail out of the spinning, burning B-17 and perished with 3 of his fellow crewmates, one of which probably sacrificed his chance to escape to instead go tend to S/Sgt. Brassfield's wounds.  Harold Brassfield was 20 years old.
S/Sgt. Brassfield was buried wth great reverence by Dutch citizens who risked the wrath of their Nazi occupiers to see that S/Sgt. Brassfield and his three crewmates got a proper Christian burial.  The original burial location was at Nieuw Dordrecht, Holland.   After the war S/Sgt. Brassfield was brought back to Whitley Co. and buried in Williamsburg at Highland Park.
I would be interested in hearing from anyone at all who knew Harold Brassfield during his youth in Whitley and Harlan Counties.  I know he had a girlfriend named Betty or Betsy (hence the name "Blitzing Betsy on his plane.. several of the crew had Betty or Betsy's for girlfriends/wives), who I believe attended Cumberland College.  I'd love to know what happened to her.
Chris Brassfield

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