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Cecil R Brown


Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Ramrod withdrawal support suffered engine malady's in P-47D 42-75104, baled out into North Sea 20 miles NNW of Knocke, Belgium. Seen to land successfully and made it to dingy, ASR searched without success. 13-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3897.

Awards: AM(OLC), PH.


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. ...

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.


Associated Place

  • East Wretham

    Military site : airfield
    East Wretham was not improved to Class A standard. It retained its shorter runways, although eventually pierced-steel planking was laid to make take offs and landings easier for the Thunderbolt, and then Mustang, pilots. Steel matting was also laid to...


Event Location Date
Born Howard County, TX, USA
Lived in San Antonio, TX, USA 1942
Based East Wretham January 1944 – 13 April 1944

Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF.

Crashed Wretham IP24, UK 19 March 1944

Taxi accident East Wretham 19-Mar-44 - Lt Cecil B Brown

P-47 42-8624

Died Knokke-Heist, Belgium 13 April 1944

Baled out into North Sea 20 miles NNW of Knocke, Belgium, from P-47D 42-75104. 13-Apr-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 3897.

Buried 1945

Tablets of missing
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial


Date Contributor Update
12 May 2017 18:59:39 Al_Skiff Changes to nickname, biography and events

Date Contributor Update
12 May 2017 17:34:37 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2016 15:18:12 Pyker Changes to biography

Revised location of crash.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:19 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3897 / MACR 3897, Unit History / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list