Later, Ted's squadron was sent to North Africa. On August 1st, 178 bombers including those from the 330th, were sent to bomb Polesti. It was the largest air strike of it's time, titled "Operation Tidal Wave" and the worst disaster ever suffered by the Army Air Corps Only 88 aircraft returned - 55 of those returning were damaged.
First Lieutenant Ted Brannon was killed In action August 1, 1943 over Polesti, Romania. He was the Bombardier of Aircraft 41-23717 called the Exterminator. (pictured below, with crew).
Ted is remembered on the tablets of the missing at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.