bom·​bar·​dier | \ ˌbäm-bə-ˈdir How to pronounce bombardier (audio) , -bər- \

Definition of bombardier

1a archaic : artilleryman
b : a noncommissioned officer in the British artillery
2 : a bomber-crew member who releases the bombs

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Recent Examples on the Web Dad played football as a freshman in the fall of 1942, served two years as a bombardier on a B-17, and then returned to play three more years of football, meet my mother and finally graduate in 1948. Rex Nelson, Arkansas Online, "Memories of Benton," 3 Jan. 2021 Cindy’s father Jim Hensley, a WWII bombardier, had introduced his daughter, barely out of grad school, to Capt. Town & Country, "God Save the Matriarchs: Queen Elizabeth, Maxine Waters, and More Grand Dames Show Us the Way Forward," 21 Oct. 2020 As part of the 10-man crew, Granat, the bombardier, and Parker, the navigator, would lead 41 aircraft from the 491st Bombardment Group on a difficult re-supply mission over German-occupied Holland. oregonlive, "Memorial Day 2020: Remembering 2 Oregon airmen in World War II," 24 May 2020 The bombardier applied a tourniquet and shot him with morphine but the leg could not be saved; it was amputated the next day. Richard Sandomir,, "George Nicolau, arbitrator in baseball’s collusion cases, dies at 94," 16 Jan. 2020 Christopher Abbott also secured a nomination for his portrayal of a bombardier desperate to complete his missions in the waning days of the war. Meredith Blake,, "#GlobesSoWhite? In TV categories, HFPA snubs ‘When They See Us,’ ‘Watchmen,’ more," 8 Dec. 2019 Shrapnel peppered his aircraft, fatally injuring the bombardier and nearly severing the navigator’s leg. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, "Flight of restored B-17 bomber harks back to days when skies were not so blue," 12 Nov. 2019 The bombardier, Grunder said, saved his life by tying a tourniquet. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Veterans enjoy lunch and donations at Manchester Elks luncheon," 5 Dec. 2019 Charles Woehrle was a bombardier lieutenant with the U.S. Eighth Air Force and one of 10,000 prisoners of war at Stalag Luft III. Caitlin Anderson, Twin Cities, "Award-winning documentary on St. Paul war prisoner to be screened Veterans Day," 10 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bombardier

1562, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bombardier

borrowed from Middle French, "one in charge of a bombard," from bombarde bombard entry 1 + -ier -eer

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“Bombardier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bombardier

chiefly US : the person in a military aircraft who controls when the bombs are dropped
: an officer who operates large guns and has a low rank in the British Army

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