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Quince Lucien Brown Jr


Killed in Action (KIA) crashed near Schleiden in P-47 'Okie II' 44-19569

78th FG 84th FS. Major Brown was the first American pilot to strafe a Nazi ground target in WW2. His record is 13 in the air and one on the ground. The ace pilot went down on 6th September 1944.

Eye witness report from 1st Lt Richard L Baron states, “ Maj Brown sighted Vogelsand Airfield. He called and said he was going to go over it and investigate. He made a steep turn and we (the flight) ended up in string formation. He went over first and I saw tracers going at him, so I hit low for the deck. I looked up and saw several strikes on his plane. He pulled up sharply as we got across and I pulled alongside. I saw his plane shake and the canopy come off. He then bailed out at about 1,200 feet. His parachute opened and I saw him land in a field. He then ran and lay down in some tall grass. I circled once and made sure no one was after him, and then left. I came back later and both the parachute and Maj Brown were gone.”

‘The report of burial (the body was re-interred in a military cemetery) received by the group states that the pilot died of gunshot wounds in the head and neck, and that he had been interred by German civilians. It continued: “It is believed that the remains were looted of personal effects prior to burial. “ ‘




  • William Jensen

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew chief | 78th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. ETD Awards: BS, PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Thomas Stoker

    Military | Corporal | Asst Crew Chief
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 84th Fighter Squadron


  • 42-25698 'Okie II' 'Jeanie'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Ostend after pulling off Aerodrome at Miltonberg seen to be smoking, reported zero oil pressure. ...

  • 44-19569

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-74753 Okie

    P-47 Thunderbolt

Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born Bristow, OK 74010, USA 7 December 1917

Son of Quince L Brown Sr.

Enlisted Tulsa, OK, USA 14 August 1940

11-Sep-40 or 14-Aug-40.

Flight training United States September 1940 – August 1941

Flight training - Basic, Primary, advanced.

Flight instructor US Kelly, San Antonio, TX 78227, USA August 1941 – February 1943

19 long months as flight instructor at Randolph and Kelly Fields, in Texas.

Promotion United States August 1941

Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

Flight instructor UK Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK March 1943 – 12 June 1943

3 months as flight instructor at Atcham, probably with 495FTG.

Promotion Atcham, Shrewsbury, UK March 1943

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Based Duxford 13 June 1943 – 28 July 1944

Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Completed 1st tour, 94 x combat missions.

E/A Destroyed [2] 48653 Coesfeld, Germany 4 January 1944

2 destroyed, 1 me109, 1 Fw290* [* mis-ID'd probably Fw190D] Coesfield, Germany. 4-Jan-44.

E/A Destroyed La Rochelle, France 5 January 1944

1 x Me109 destroyed La Rouchelle 5-Jan-44.

E/A Destroyed Münster, Germany 15 March 1944

1 x Me109 destroyed Munster 15-Mar-44.

E/A Destroyed [4] Germany 16 March 1944

4 x kills in a day 16-Mar-44.

E/A Destroyed Goch, Germany 23 March 1944

1 x Fw190 destroyed Goch, Germany 23-Mar-44.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK April 1944

Promoted to Captain.

E/A Destroyed Düren, Germany 12 April 1944

1 x Fw190 destroyed Duren, Germany 12-Apr-44.

30 day leave pass Oklahoma, USA 28 July 1944 – 28 August 1944

30 days leave, offered instructor post stateside, decided to do 2nd tour with 78FG.

Based Duxford 28 August 1944 – 6 September 1944

Returned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF for 2nd tour as Major.

Promotion Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, UK 28 August 1944

Promoted to Major.

Final combat mission Liège, Belgium 6 September 1944

136th combat mission.

Died Schleiden, Germany 6 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) strafing mission to Liege. Hit by flak whilst strafing Vogelsand aerodrome, baled out captured by armed civilian and executed before he could be handed over to authorities.

Buried 53937 Schleiden, Deutschland 7 September 1944


Buried Bristow, OK 74010, USA 1950

Magnolia Memorial Cemetery
Creek County
Oklahoma, USA


Date Contributor Update
03 March 2018 08:50:53 Kauko56 Changes to events

map reference for place

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03 March 2018 08:42:47 Kauko56 Changes to biography and events

corrected obvious typo, corrected place name from own knowledge

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09 July 2017 09:15:04 Al_Skiff Changes to biography and events

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09 July 2017 07:59:49 Al_Skiff Changes to events and unit associations

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09 July 2017 07:28:38 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
17 February 2015 11:42:19 Anne Hughes Changes to biography

78th Fighter Group Narrative April 1945 0787-8 Capt Bowen I Hosford, Air Corps Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:34 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force MACR 8407 / MACR 8407 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list